Malcolm Alexander MacLean
|Malcolm Alexander MacLean|
|1st Mayor of Vancouver|
|Succeeded by||David Oppenheimer|
August 14, 1842|
|Died||April 4, 1895
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Anne Cattanach|
|Children||Three daughters and two sons|
|Occupation||Schoolteacher, businessman, politician, Justice of the Peace, magistrate, immigration agent, and author|
In the election on 3 May 1886, MacLean beat his opponent, sawmill manager Richard H. Alexander by just 17 votes. 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. Allegations at the time that the election had allowed for voting by at least 100 unqualified voters were confirmed decades later.
Following the Great Vancouver Fire in June 1886, MacLean and his council members successfully convinced Governor General Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne to give the military reserve in Burrard Inlet to the city, which became Stanley Park.
Following his mayoralty, MacLean was appointed police magistrate of the city, and continued in that position until 1890. In 1893, he was appointed a special commissioner of immigration in the United States by the Canadian government.
Malcolm Alexander MacLean died in 1895 at the age of 50. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
- Richard Mackie, MacLean, Malcolm Alexander, Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- "Malcolm Alexander MacLean". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- City of Vancouver Mountainview Cemetery Walking tour
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