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McLELAN, Archibald Woodbury, Canadian statesman, born in Londonderry, Nova Scotia, 24 December, 1824. He is descended from an Irish family that settled in Nova Scotia in the 18th century. He was educated at his native place and at Mount Alison Wesleyan academy, and engaged in mercantile business, and later in ship-building and ship-owning. He was a member of the Nova Scotia assembly from 1858 till that province entered the confederation in 1867, and from that date was a member of the Dominion parliament until he was called to the senate, 21 June, 1869. At this time he was appointed one of the commissioners for the construction of the Intercolonial railway, and was a commissioner from Canada at the Intercolonial fisheries exhibition in London, England, in 1883. He became president of the privy council of Canada and a member of the cabinet, 20 May, 1881, and, resigning his place in the senate to accept office, was elected for Colchester to the Dominion parliament. Mr. McLelan was appointed minister of marine and fisheries, 10 July, 1882 ; minister of finance, 10 December, 1885" and postmaster-general, 27 January, 1887. He was re-elected at the general election in 1882, and in 1887, but was unseated, owing to bribery by agents at the last election.
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