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Alexander Stirling MacMillan

The Honourable
Alexander Stirling MacMillan
A.S. MacMillan (4th to the left)
13th Premier of Nova Scotia
In office
July 10, 1940 – September 8, 1945
Monarch George VI
Lieutenant Governor Frederick F. Mathers
Henry Ernest Kendall
Preceded by Angus L. Macdonald
Succeeded by Angus L. Macdonald
Member of Legislative Council
In office
June 25, 1925 – September 5, 1928
MLA for Digby County
In office
October 1, 1928 – August 22, 1933
Serving with Joseph Willie Comeau
Preceded by William Hudson Farnham
John Louis Philip Robicheau
Succeeded by Joseph Willie Comeau
MLA for Hants
In office
August 22, 1933 – October 23, 1945
Preceded by Albert E. Parsons
Edgar Nelson Rhodes
Succeeded by Robert A. MacLellan
Personal details
Born (1871-10-31)October 31, 1871
Upper South River, Nova Scotia
Died August 7, 1955(1955-08-07) (aged 83)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Occupation businessman

Alexander S. MacMillan (October 31, 1871 – August 7, 1955) was a Nova Scotia politician and businessman, the province's 13th premier.

MacMillan was born in Upper South River, Antigonish County. He made his fortune in lumbering and construction before being made chairman of the Nova Scotia Highways Board in 1920 and serving briefly as minister of highways in 1925. He was a member of Nova Scotia's appointed upper house, the Legislative Council from 1925 until 1928 when he won a seat in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a Liberal. He again became minister of highways in 1933. In 1940, when Premier Angus L. Macdonald went to Ottawa to serve in the wartime cabinet of William Lyon Mackenzie King, MacMillan became premier in his place. He retired as premier and from politics in 1945 to allow Macdonald to resume his provincial career. MacMillan died in Halifax at the age of 84.


  • Marble, Allan Everett (1977). Nova Scotians at home and abroad: biographical sketches of over six hundred native born Nova Scotians. p. 289.  
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