This week the file folder on the top of the archive pile was all about Bishop’s, so why not share a little refresher on the history of the 176-year-old institution.
The university was founded by Reverend George Jehoshaphat Mountain and Reverend Lucius Doolittle in 1843. Doolittle was a member of the Church of England and he became missionary of the Sherbrooke and Lennoxville area in 1833. In 1840, he, along with a few locals of the church, made it their mission to convince Mountain, who was declared Bishop of Quebec in 1837, to establish a theological college in Lennoxville rather than in Three Rivers where he originally wanted it to be established. A supporter of the college in Lennoxville, Lt. Colonel William Morris, decided to purchase 40 acres of land near St-Francis and the Massawippi Rivers and donated this land towards the establishment of the college. From that point on, Bishop Mountain fought for the incorporation of the college. See full story in the Friday, July 12 edition of The Record.