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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander MacLean (1867-1942)

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William Alexander MacLean
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Born at Brockville, Ontario on 28 August 1867, of United Empire Loyalist descent, he was educated at Brockville and Toronto, graduating from the College of Pharmacy at Toronto in 1888. He graduated with a theology degree from Knox College at Toronto in 1896 then came to Manitoba. His first church was at Oak Lake, in 1897, where he served until 1905 when he became pastor of St. Giles Presbyterian Church, succeeding Reverend Dr. Hogg. A new church has been erected during his pastorate at a cost of $45,000. He left there to spend the remaing years of his pastorate at Riverview United Church, from 1928 to 1936. He retired in 1936. On 27 May 1924, he married Mary Henrietta “Nettie” Sullivan at Winnipeg. They had a son, William MacLean. He died at Winnipeg on 18 May 1942 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census [William McLean], Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Rev. W. A. MacLean and bride get reception,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 September 1924, page 7.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. W. MacLean, pioneer pastor, dies at 75,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 December 1942, page 18.

“Burial service held for Rev. W. A. MacLean,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1942, page 4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2015

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