Wilson, Daniel

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University of Edinburgh (attended but did not graduate)
President of University College, 1880-1892
First President of federated UofT 1890-1892

Sir Daniel Wilson was the first Canadian Professor of English. He was appointed to the staff at the University of Toronto in 1853 as the professor of History and English Literature. He occupied this double-chair for thirty-five years until 1889 when W.J. Alexander was appointed as professor English Language and Literature. Wilson then became the professor of history.
Wilson wrote two books on historical subjects: The Memorials of Edinburgh in Olden Time and Prehistoric Annals of Scotland. Wilson was knighted in 1889.

Ash, Marinell,  Elizabeth Hulse et al. Thinking with both hands: Sir Daniel Wilson in the old world and the new. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999

Berger, Carl. ‘Sir Daniel Wilson,’ Dictionary of Canadian Biography, XII (1891-1900) 1109-1114

Stacey, Robert. Sir Daniel Wilson (1816-1892): ambidextrous polymath. Toronto: University of Toronto Art Centre, 2001. Exhibition catalogue.

Harris, Robin S. English Studies at Toronto A History. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.