Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1888

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1888

Oppenheimer (b. 1832, Bleiskastel, Germany, d. 1897) was one of early Vancouver’s biggest landowners and businessmen. He was elected by acclamation for two of his four one-year terms. During Oppenheimer’s tenure, the city’s first water main was laid from the North Shore, a streetcar system was established, and electric streetlights were introduced. He also helped persuade the Canadian Pacific Railway to move its terminus to Vancouver, and helped secure Stanley Park for the city from the federal government.

John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, 2002
quoted with permission

Mayor:  David Oppenheimer (1888 – 1891)

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, John M. Lefevre

Ward 2: Joseph Humphries, John Dougall

Ward 3:  Henry Bell-Irving (resigned), Robert Clark, Charles A. Coldwell (elected in byelection)

Ward 4:  Richard H. Alexander, Joseph Mannion (resigned), G.S. McConnell (elected in byelection)

Ward 5:  Robert Couth, Isaac Oppenheimer

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1886

Vancouver’s first election on May 3, 1886, was a wild affair, rife with labour unrest and racism. The favourite going into the election was Hastings Sawmill manager Richard 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 (b. 1844, Tiree, Scotland, d. 1895) into running against Alexander. MacLean won in a squeaker, 242 votes to Alexander’s 225.

John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, Nov. 30 2002
quoted with permission

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Mayor: M.A. (Malcolm Alexander) MacLean (1886-1887)

Aldermen:

Robert Balfour, Charles A. Coldwell, Peter Cordiner, Thomas Dunn, Joseph Griffith, Joseph Humphries, Harry Hemlow, E.P. Hamilton, L.A. Hamilton, Joseph Northcott

information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003