Angus MacLennan

Angus MacLennan

Angus MacLennan, MD (May 3, 1844 – August 27, 1908) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Dunvegan, on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, MacLennan was the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Canadian riding of Inverness from 1896 to 1908.

Angus MacLennan was the youngest of the ten children of John MacLennan, an early settler from Kintail Scotland. MacLennan taught at local district schools to earn money for his medical studies. He eventually graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1871, and practiced medicine for over 30 years in Inverness County, maintaining the practice throughout his political career. His extended family over the years now resides in Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island.

MacLennan represented Inverness (as a Conservative) for one term in the Nova Scotia legislature (1882-1886). He was instrumental in bringing the railway to the west side of Cape Breton Island, thereby spurring the growth of Inverness as a coal-exporting boom town in the first quarter of the 20th century.

A strong supporter of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, he died on August 27, 1908, in Cheticamp, Cape Breton, while campaigning for a fourth term in the 1908 election.


*MacMillan, C.L.," Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor", Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1973.

* MacDougall, J.L., "History of Inverness County"(facsimile edition), Belleville,Ontario, Mika Publishing, 1972. (originally published in Truro, N.S., 1922)

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