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David Laurence MacLaren
20th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
In office
November 1, 1945 – June 5, 1958
MonarchGeorge VI
Elizabeth II
Governor GeneralThe Earl of Athlone
The Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Vincent Massey
PremierJohn B. McNair
Hugh John Flemming
Preceded byWilliam George Clark
Succeeded byJoseph Leonard O'Brien
Mayor of Saint John
In office
Preceded byJames W. Brittain
Succeeded byCharles R. Wasson
Mayor of Saint John
In office
1958 – September 7, 1960
Preceded byWilliam W. Macaulay
Succeeded byJames A. Whitebone
Personal details
Born(1893-10-27)October 27, 1893
Saint John, New Brunswick
DiedSeptember 7, 1960(1960-09-07) (aged 66)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Political partyLiberal
Military career
Service/branchCanadian Expeditionary Force
Years of service1916-1917
UnitRoyal Canadian Artillery
Battles/warsVimy Ridge

David Laurence MacLaren, PC (October 27, 1893 – September 7, 1960) was a Canadian politician and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick.

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, he was appointed Minister of National Revenue in April 1945[1] in the Liberal cabinet of Mackenzie King. He was defeated in the 1945 election in the riding of St. John—Albert. From 1945 until 1958, he was the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. He was elected mayor of Saint John again in 1958, and held the position until his death.

During World War I, he enlisted and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the Royal Canadian Artillery, 7th Siege Battery. He fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where he took a gunshot wound which necessitated the removal of his right leg above the knee.[2] He recovered and received an artificial leg.[3]


  1. ^ "Minister of Revenue". The Ottawa Journal. 26 April 1945. p. 8 – via
  2. ^ "Lieut. D.L. Maclaren Seriously Wounded". Saint John Globe. 1917-05-25. p. 10.
  3. ^ "Lieut. Maclaren Reaches Home". Saint John Globe. 1917-11-30. p. 9.

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