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John Strachan

1778-1867. Educator and bishop. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, he taught school while studying at the university there. In 1799 he emigrated to Canada and taught school in Kingston until 1803, when he was ordained in the Church of England and became curate of Cornwall. He was rector of St. James' Church, Toronto, from 1813 until 1867, during which period also he served for many years as a member of both the executive council and the legislative council of Upper Canada. He upheld the sole right of the Anglican Church to income from the Clergy Reserves.* From 1839 he was bishop of Toronto, and from 1827 the first president of King's College (University of Toronto) until he founded the University of Trinity College in 1851 and served as its first chancellor.