Sir Daniel Wilson 1816-1892

A scholar of diverse interests and talents, Daniel Wilson was noted in Britain as the author and illustrator of studies of old Edinburgh and of Scottish prehistory. In 1853 he was appointed to the chair of history and English literature at the University of Toronto. Wilson introduced history, English and anthropology courses at the university and was active in the Canadian Institute, a leading scientific society. He vigorously defended the university's independence against political interference and sectarian religious interests. As president of University College (1880-1892), Wilson was deeply involved in debates surrounding university federation and the admission of women. In 1890 he became the first president of the federated University of Toronto.


Croft Chapter House, University College, University of Toronto, Toronto

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: City of Toronto (District)

Municipality: City of Toronto