Archibald McLelan

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

The Honorable

Archibald Woodbury McLelan

The Hon. Archibald McLelan
6th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
July 9, 1888  June 26, 1890
Governor GeneralThe Lord Stanley of Preston
PremierWilliam S. Fielding
Preceded byMatthew Henry Richey
Succeeded byMalachy Bowes Daly
Personal details
Born(1824-12-20)December 20, 1824
Londonderry, Nova Scotia, Canada
DiedJune 26, 1890(1890-06-26) (aged 65)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political partyAnti-Confederate
Caroline Metzler (m. 1842)
RelationsGloud Wilson McLelan (father)
Alma materMount Allison University
Occupationlumber merchant and shipbuilder
CabinetPresidents of the Privy Council (1881–1882)
Ministers of Marine and Fisheries (1882–1885)
Minister of Finance (1885–1887)
Postmaster General (1887–1888)

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 Senate of Canada in 1869 where he sat as a Liberal-Conservative.

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

McLelan served from 10 December 188526 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.


  • "Archibald McLelan". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  • Archibald McLelan – Parliament of Canada biography
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

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