John MacLennan Buchanan, premier of Nova Scotia 1978–90, senator 1990–2006, lawyer (born 22 April 1931 in Sydney, NS). A master political campaigner, Buchanan was the longest-serving Conservative premier in Nova Scotian history, and was among the leaders who negotiated the accord to repatriate Canada’s Constitution in 1982.
John Frederick Hamm, premier of Nova Scotia 1999-2006, physician, politician, (born 8 April 1938 in New Glasgow, NS). After a career as a family physician, Hamm moved into provincial politics in 1993 and became premier in 1999 — the first premier in 40 years to balance the province’s budget.
Stephen McNeil, business owner, politician, 28th premier of Nova Scotia, 2013 to present (born 10 November 1964 in Halifax, NS). Few observers expected much from refrigerator repairman Stephen McNeil when he was first elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in 2003. But he surprised pundits when he became leader of the Liberal Party, and was twice elected premier, winning majority governments in 2013 and 2017.
Simon Hugh Holmes, lawyer, publisher, politician, premier of Nova Scotia (b at East R, NS 30 July 1831; d at Halifax 14 Oct 1919). One of the most prominent political figures in NS immediately after Confederation, he was influential in the development of provincial mines and railways.
Becoming its leader 2 years later, he improved its position in the next 2 elections and became premier in 1956, the first of his party since Confederation to do so under noncrisis conditions. In the 3 subsequent elections, he became the undisputed political master of the province.
George Henry Murray, lawyer, politician, premier of Nova Scotia (b at Grand Narrows, NS 7 June 1861; d at Montréal 6 Jan 1929). Murray's unbroken 27 years in power (1896-1923) is a British Empire and Commonwealth record. Leadership of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party fell to Murray when W.S.
Gordon Sidney Harrington, lawyer, politician, premier of NS (b at Halifax 7 Aug 1883; d there 4 July 1943). Educated at Dalhousie (LLB, 1904), Harrington practised law in Glace Bay. After serving in the CEF, 1915-20, he became MLA for Cape Breton Centre 1925-33 and Cape Breton S 1933-37.