George McClellan (police officer)

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George Brinton McClellan, Jr.
Born (1908-08-13)August 13, 1908
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Died July 19, 1982(1982-07-19) (aged 73)
Edmonton, Alberta
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Rank Commissioner
Awards CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD

George Brinton McClellan, Jr., CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD (August 13, 1908, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – July 19, 1982, Edmonton, Alberta) served as the 13th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, from November 1, 1963 to August 14, 1967.


In 1929, he graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario with a Certificate of Military Qualifications in Cavalry and Infantry.


He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on August 15, 1932. He served across Canada in national security and criminal investigation.

He was appointed Commissioner of the RCMP on November 1, 1963. He chaired two federal-provincial conferences resulting in the expansion of National Police Services, and the Canadian Police College. He terminated equitation training for all recruits but maintained it for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride.


He was decorated by the Norwegian government with the King Haakon VII Cross of Liberation For his work in training Nordic troops based in Canada during World War II. He was decorated with the St John Ambulance Medal, the 1953 Coronation Medal, the RCMP Long Service Medal with Gold Clasp and the Canadian Centennial Medal. In 1973 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta.

After his retirement from August 14, 1967 – 1974, he served as the first Ombudsman in Canada, serving the Province of Alberta. From 1976-1978, he was Chairman of the Rent Regulation Appeal Board of Alberta. He became Chairman of the Alberta Press Council in 1978. He died on July 19, 1982 in Edmonton, Alberta.


He was born to George Brinton McClellan, Sr. and Elizabeth Ann Cunnington in 1908 in Saskatchewan. George McClellan, Jr. married Bertha Elizabeth Austin in 1941; they had 3 daughters.

Camp X[edit]

George McClellan was a key figure involved in Camp X.



  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Preston "R.M.C. and Kingston: The effect of imperial and military influences on a Canadian community" 1968 Kingston, Ontario.
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. RMC. Kingston, Ontario. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984
  • Inside Camp X by Lynn Philip Hodgson, with a foreword by Secret Agent Andy Durovecz (2003) - ISBN 0-9687062-0-7
Police appointments
Preceded by
Clifford Harvison
Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Succeeded by
Malcolm Lindsay