Malcolm Alexander MacLean

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Malcolm Alexander MacLean
Malcolm Alexander MacLean.png
1st Mayor of Vancouver
In office
1886–1887
Succeeded by David Oppenheimer
Personal details
Born (1842-08-14)August 14, 1842
Tiree, Scotland
Died April 4, 1895(1895-04-04) (aged 52)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Margaret Anne Cattanach
Children Three daughters and two sons
Occupation Schoolteacher, businessman, politician, Justice of the Peace, magistrate, immigration agent, and author

Malcolm Alexander MacLean (August 14, 1842 – April 4, 1895) was the first Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, serving from 1886 to 1887. He beat his opponent, sawmill manager Richard H. Alexander, by 17 votes May 3, 1886. The favourite going into the election was Alexander, of Alexander Street fame. But a strike at Hastings Sawmill divided the community, particularly after Alexander announced he would hire Chinese workers to replace the white strikers. The strikers talked real estate salesman Malcolm MacLean into running in opposition. MacLean won in a squeaker, 242 votes to Alexander’s 225.

Known as “Squire MacLean” because of his “wise and smiling” countenance and prematurely white hair, Vancouver’s conscientious first mayor died in 1895 at the age of 50, just weeks after he had been appointed stipendary magistrate for the district of Vancouver. According to an obituary in the Vancouver Daily World, MacLean was “a warm-hearted, liberal-minded gentleman, and possessed magnetic qualities that compelled affection.”

Malcom Alexander MacLean is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.

Photo of the metal fabricated replacement top for the gravestone of Malcolm Alexander MacLean

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