Wesleyan Ladies' College

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Wesleyan Ladies' College

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  • Wesleyan Female College (prior to ca. 1882)

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The Wesleyan Ladies' College was located at the corner of King Street East and John Street South in Hamilton, Ontario, in the building erected as the Anglo-American Hotel (1854), which declared bankruptcy in 1861. This location became the future site of the Waldorf Hotel (ca. 1901-1914) and then The Royal Connaught Hotel (1914-). The Wesleyan Ladies’ College officially opened in September of 1861, drawing students from across Canada and the United States, and housing both boarding and day students. Mary Electa Adams was the first principal (from 1861-1868), succeeded by Rev. S.D. Rice, who was principal until 1878. More than two thousand women were educated at Wesleyan, and the college produced more than two hundred graduates. The first degrees conferred by the college were MLA, Mistress of Liberal Arts, and MEL, Mistress of English Literature. Members of the graduating class of 1888 obtained honours in the first Bachelor of Arts Degrees ever obtained by women in Ontario. The Wesleyan Ladies’ College closed in 1897.


Hamilton, Ont.

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Alumnae Association of the Wesleyan Ladies' College (1868-1966)

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Alumnae Association of the Wesleyan Ladies' College is the associate of Wesleyan Ladies' College

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Prepared by Jennifer Dell 07/06/2016




Hamilton Public Library. (2016). Collections: Finding aids I-Z. Wesleyan Ladies College. Retrieved from http://www.hpl.ca/articles/wesleyan-ladies-college-0

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