John Elvin Shaffner

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John Elvin Shaffner
26th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
December 23, 1978 – February 1, 1984
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralJules Léger
Edward Schreyer
PremierJohn Buchanan
Preceded byClarence Gosse
Succeeded byAlan Abraham
Personal details
Born(1911-03-03)3 March 1911
Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia
Died11 June 2001(2001-06-11) (aged 90)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Spouse(s)Nell Margaret Potter

John Elvin Shaffner (March 3, 1911 – June 2001[1]) was a businessman and political figure in Nova Scotia. He served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1978 to 1984. His surname also appears as Schaffner in some sources.

He was born in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia and was educated there, at Acadia University and at the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in Boston. In 1936, he married Nell Margaret Potter (she died 30 September 2010). Shaffner worked as a chartered accountant for several years. Later, he was president of 7 Up Maritimes Ltd. and M.W. Graves & Company. He also served on the board of governors for Acadia University. He served as agent-general for Nova Scotia in the United Kingdom and Europe from 1973 to 1976.


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  1. ^ "Canadian Monarchist News". The Monarchist League Of Canada. 2001. Archived from the original on July 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-16.