College Presidents Born in the Maritime Provinces
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It has been said that the leading exports of the Maritime Provinces are
university and college principals, along with fish, cod and potatoes.
Possibly it is the fish that does it, may be the cold bracing climate and
the diet of oatmeal porridge. Whatever the cause, these Provinces by the
sea do develop brains, and turn out brainy men.
Here is a list of fifty men born in the Lower Provinces who are or have
been at the head of universities at home and abroad. It is by no means
accurate or complete, though it is the result of much research and
correspondence. I am making a special appeal to the readers of this paper
to make additions or corrections and report to me here, that an up-to-date
list can be made.
When it is completed, I hope to publish it in pamphlet form, giving some
notes and information about the men. I have tried to make a bona fide
list, and only the men at the head of institutions who have the power of
conferring degrees are given. Some time later, a list of those at the
head of other institutions of learning may be made. All the men have
well-earned degrees and honourary titles, but they are omitted on account
of space. Each Province is given its quota by itself.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is a brain-producing Province though small in
size and population, yet it has given a large number of men to
public and professional life. It gave this Republic [USA] Franklin
K. Lane, and he was loved and honoured as one of her greatest
statesmen. Six presidents are on the list to its credit.
Presidents Schurman and Falconer are known and admired in
educational circles for their fine scholarship and leadership.
University Presidents Born in Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick is a lumber producing province, but it has turned out
some fine intellectual timber. It has given us such writers and
poets as Charles G. D. Roberts and Bliss Carman, the latter
generally called Poet Laureate of Canada. With them we have Andrew
Bonar Law, a Premier of the British Empire, and Lord Beaverbank,
well-known statesman and journalist in England. Both are sons of
pioneer Presbyterian ministers in the early history of the
Province. It has a dozen names on the list:
University Presidents Born in New Brunswick
Hon. Mr. Rowell, Ontario, speaking before a Dalhousie University
Convocation not long ago, said:- "No other Province of Canada has
done as much for its intellectual development, its spiritual
uplift, its political ideals as Nova Scotia." Halifax gave it
Joseph Howe; Hants gave it Sam Slick; Cumberland gave it Charles
Tupper and Simon Newcomb, the latter perhaps the greatest
intellectual genius the Province has yet produced. Thirty-two
names are listed to its credits. Pictou County alone has given
nine presidents to Canadian institutions of learning. James W.
Dawson and George M. Grant are at the head of the list. Few men
have devoted themselves more unreservedly to the cause of
education, and fewer still have met with more signal success.
University Presidents Born in Nova Scotia
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