1886

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

  • Mayor M.A. MacLean

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

 

1887

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1887

Mayor:  M.A. MacLean

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  L.A. Hamilton, John M. Lefevre

Ward 2:  Joseph Humphries, Joseph Manion

Ward 3:  Richard H. Alexander, Robert Clark

Ward 4:  Edwin Sanders, George H. Lock

Ward 5:  David Oppenheimer, Isaac Oppenheimer

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

1888

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1888

David Oppenheimer (1834-1897), second Mayor of Vancouver

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 1889

Mayor:  David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.F. Salsbury

Ward 2:  J.W. Horne, James Whetham

Ward 3:  M.J. Brower, Robert Clark

Ward 4:  Michael Costello, G.S. McConnell

Ward 5:  John M. Lefevre (resigned), Isaac Oppenheimer, Hamilton Mason (elected in byelection)

source: Vancouver’s Elected Representatives by Wayne D. Madden, 2003

1890

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1890

Mayor: David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  J.M. Browning, J.T. Carroll

Ward 2: James F. Garden, J.W. Horne

Ward 3:  J.M. Fox, F.W. Sentell

Ward 4:  Michael Costello, Malcolm McLeod

Ward 5: Charles Doering*, Hamilton Mason

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

* Madden gives Doering’s last name as “Dooring”

1891

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1891

Mayor: David Oppenheimer

Aldermen:

Ward 1:  Sam Brighouse, J.T. Carroll

Ward 2:  James F. Garden (resigned), Alexander Godfrey, A.W. Scouller (elected in byelection)

Ward 3:  C.G. Hobson, William Templeton

Ward 4:  William Brown, John McDowell

Ward 4:  H. De Pencier (resigned), Charles Doering*, C.L. Brown (elected in byelection)

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

* Madden gives Charles Doering’s surname as “Dooring”

1892

Vancouver Mayor & Aldermen for 1892

portrait of Fred Cope (1860-1897)
Fred Cope (1860-1897) 3rd Mayor of Vancouver, 1892-1893

The election of Fred Cope (b. 1860, d. 1897) in 1892 was the closest in Vancouver’s history, with a winning margin of 11 votes over his rival Dr. J.T. Carroll. Cope was also the youngest mayor in Vancouver history, only 32 when elected. Before becoming mayor, Cope was the president of the British Columbia Building Association. A full-on newspaper war erupted during the election campaign when the Vancouver News Advertiser claimed Cope was a puppet of Oppenheimer, and the Vancouver World championed him.

John Mackie, Vancouver Sun, 2002
quoted with permission

Mayor: Fred Cope (1892 – 1893)

Aldermen:

Ward 1: R.A. Anderson, H.E. Connon

Ward 2: Henry Collins, A.W. Scouller

Ward 3: H. R. McCraney, W. J. McGuigan

Ward 4: J.L. Franklin, Edward Odlum

Ward 5: J.J. Gavan, R. Mills

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