Archibald McLelan

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The Honorable
Archibald Woodbury McLelan
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The Hon. Archibald McLelan
6th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
July 9, 1888 – June 26, 1890
Monarch Victoria
Governor General The Lord Stanley of Preston
Premier William S. Fielding
Preceded by Matthew Henry Richey
Succeeded by Malachy Bowes Daly
Personal details
Born (1824-12-20)December 20, 1824
Londonderry, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died June 26, 1890(1890-06-26) (aged 65)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nationality Canadian
Political party Anti-Confederate
Spouse(s) Caroline Metzler (m. 1842)
Relations Gloud Wilson McLelan (father)
Alma mater Mount Allison University
Occupation lumber merchant and shipbuilder
Profession Politician
Cabinet Presidents of the Privy Council (1881–1882)
Ministers of Marine and Fisheries (1882–1885)
Minister of Finance (1885–1887)
Postmaster General (1887–1888)

Archibald Woodbury McLelan, PC (20 December 1824 – 26 June 1890) was a Canadian shipbuilder and politician, the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

McLelan was born in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly member Gloud Wilson McLelan. Archibald McLelan was educated in Great Village and joined his father's shipping and retail business. On his father's death in 1858 he succeeded him in the House of Assembly.

Strongly opposed to confederation with Canada, McLelan was elected as the first federal member of parliament for Colchester as an Anti-Confederate.

He reconciled himself to Confederation and was summoned to the Canadian Senate in 1869 where he sat as a Liberal-Conservative.

He resigned from the Upper House to run again for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1881 federal election and was returned to parliament as a Conservative.

McLelan served from 10 December 1885–26 January 1887 as the Minister of Finance in the second administration of Sir John A. Macdonald.

In 1842, he married Caroline Metzler. McLelan died in Halifax at the age of 65.


Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Colchester
Succeeded by
Adams George Archibald
Preceded by
Thomas McKay
Member of Parliament for Colchester
Succeeded by
Adams George Archibald