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John Strachan

(1778—1867) schoolmaster and bishop of Toronto


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(1778–1867). Strachan was 21 when he arrived in Kingston in 1799 and began his career as a tutor in a private home. He went on to become an outstanding teacher, and his grammar schools in Cornwall and York drew to his care the future leaders of the colony. His growing reputation led to his appointment in 1822 to the presidency of the General Board of Education, where he created the colony's first system of education, and he was instrumental in the founding of McGill University, King's College (Toronto), and the University of Trinity College. A gifted and hard-working missionary, he was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1803, became archdeacon of York in 1827, and bishop of Toronto in 1839. He skilfully led his church through the painful transition from state church to self-governing denomination.

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From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.


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