Henry Poole MacKeen

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The Honourable
Henry Poole MacKeen
23rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
1 March 1963 – 22 July 1968
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Georges Vanier
Roland Michener
Premier Robert Stanfield
G.I. Smith
Preceded by Edward Chester Plow
Succeeded by Victor de Bedia Oland
Personal details
Born (1892-06-17)June 17, 1892
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Died April 20, 1971(1971-04-20) (aged 78)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nationality Canadian
Spouse(s) Alice Richardson Tilley (m. 1928)
Relations David MacKeen (father)
Children Judith Tilley MacKeen and Henry David MacKeen
Alma mater Dalhousie University
Occupation Lawyer
Profession Soldier

Henry Poole MacKeen, OC (June 17, 1892 – April 20, 1971) was a Canadian lawyer and the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1963 to 1968.

Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, the son of former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia David MacKeen, he served during World War I as an artillery officer, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was wounded in 1916. After the war, he received his LL.B in 1921 from Dalhousie University. He was a practicing lawyer and served during World War II as the commanding officer of the Halifax Rifles 2nd Battalion from 1945 to 1946. He was also the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel from 1948 to 1960. He helped to defend Kurt Meyer, Canada’s only jailed war criminal.

He was appointed Lieutenant Governor in 1963 and served until 1968. After, he became the first Chancellor of Acadia University.

In 1969, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1]

In 1928, he married Alice Richardson Tilley, the daughter of Leonard Percy de Wolfe Tilley. They had two children: Judith Tilley MacKeen and Henry David MacKeen.