Lt Colonel H. P. MacKeen, OC, LLB
SAC 1906-1910

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Poole MacKeen was born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on June 17 1892, the son of former Lieutenant Governor David MacKeen and attended St. Andrew’s College from 1906 to 1910. He was the older brother of David Whitney MacKeen '12.

During the First World War he served as an artillery officer, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and was wounded once in October 1916.

After his discharge he proceeded to Dalhousie where he received his LL.B. in 1921 and began to practice law in Halifax. He married Alice in 1928 and had two children: Judith in 1931 and Henry in 1933.

He also served in the Second World War and became Commanding Officer of the Halifax Rifles 2nd Battalion from 1945 to 1946 and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel from 1948 to 1960.

On March 1, 1963 he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, a post his father had held before him. His term expired on July 22 1968 and, that same year became the 1st Chancellor of Acadia University. In recognition of his standing in the legal community and service as Lieutenant-Governor he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 1969.

Henry MacKeen died in Halifax on April 20, 1971.

OC
Officer of the Order of Canada