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Right Reverend John Strachan 1778-1867

Right Reverend John Strachan

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2009

Right Reverend John Strachan

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The City of Cornwall
At the entrance to
Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School
on Sydney Street between Fourth and Fifth streets East

Coordinates: N 45 01.362 W 74 43.699


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Plaque Text

Born in Scotland, Strachan came to Kingston in 1799. Ordained in 1803, he became rector of Cornwall and taught at its grammar school until named rector of York in 1812. In 1839 he was made first Anglican Bishop of Toronto. A central figure in the "Family Compact", he was a member of the Executive (1818-36) and the Legislative (1820-41) Councils. He promoted public schooling and, in 1827, secured a Charter for King's College of which he became first president. When, in 1849, King's College became the secular University of Toronto, he retired to found, in 1851, the Anglican Trinity College.

Other plaques at this location
Bishop Strachan
Cornwall Grammar School

Related Ontario plaque
The Reverend John Strachan in Cornwall

Related Toronto plaques
The Bishop's Palace 1818
King's College
Trinity College



Cornwall Plaques

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