John Duncan MacLean

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John Duncan MacLean
20th Premier of British Columbia
In office
August 20, 1927 – August 20, 1928
Monarch George V
Lieutenant Governor Robert Randolph Bruce
Preceded by John Oliver
Succeeded by Simon Fraser Tolmie
Personal details
Born (1873-12-08)December 8, 1873
Culloden, Prince Edward Island
Died March 28, 1948(1948-03-28) (aged 74)
Ottawa, Ontario
Political party Liberal

John Duncan MacLean (8 December 1873, in Culloden, Prince Edward Island – 28 March 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario) was a teacher, physician, politician and the 20th Premier of British Columbia, Canada.

MacLean was a practicing doctor in the city of Greenwood when he was elected in the 1916 election to the provincial legislature as a Liberal. He served as Minister of Education and Provincial Secretary in the cabinets of Harlan Carey Brewster and John Oliver before becoming Minister of Finance in 1924. In the election that year, he rain and won in the Yale riding.

Maclean became premier when Oliver died in 1927 at a time when the Liberal government was in decline. He was unable to reverse his party's fortunes, and was defeated in the 1928 election by the rival Conservatives. Later that year he attempted to enter the Canadian House of Commons in a by-election as a Liberal candidate, but was defeated by fewer than one hundred votes. He spent the rest of his life as chairman of the Canadian Farm Loan Board.

Election results (partial)[edit]

British Columbia general election, 1920: Greenwood
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal John Duncan MacLean 392 49.06%
Conservative George Bell 292 36.55%
Independent Farmer George Henry Pitman 115 14.39%
Total valid votes 799 100.00%
British Columbia general election, 1924: Yale riding
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal John Duncan MacLean 1,148 46.09%
Conservative John McRae 756 30.71%
Provincial James Sugrue Fagan 578 23.20%
Total valid votes 2,491 100.00%

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