Dr. William J. McGuigan

[b. July 18, 1853 Stratford, Ontario; d. Dec. 25, 1908.]

McGuigan was said to be a good writer and speaker as well as the most titled man in Vancouver. Ambitious though he was, holding both a law and a medical degree, he seems to have given himself wholeheartedly to the development of Vancouver. “There should be no hint of personal ambition,” he said, “at the expense of our collective security.” While in office, Mayor McGuigan oversaw improvements to False Creek that led to the filling in of the portion east of Main St. about a decade later. His other involvement in civic institutions included work with the B.C. Medical Association, the High School Board, and the Free Library Board. His brother Thomas was Vancouver’s first city clerk.