First Class Certificate of Qualification as a Common School Teacher, Upper Canada, 1854
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Item Type
Certificates
Description
First class teaching certificate presented to Emily Howard Jennings on April 20, 1854, qualifying her to teach normal school in Upper Canada. The certificate is signed by Adolphus Egerton Ryerson, Chief Superintendent of School for Upper Canada.
Notes
The document in damaged, discoloured, folded, and affixed to a paper backing.

Emily Howard Jennings Stowe (1831-1903) was a teacher and principal, a medical doctor, and a suffragette. Educated at home, Stowe became a teacher in 1846 and graduated from the Provincial Normal School in Toronto, Canada West in 1854. In 1865 Stowe applied to study medicine at the University of Toronto, but was denied entry because she was a woman. Unable to pursue her education in Canada, she attended the New York Medical College for Women. After graduating in 1867, Stowe returned to Toronto to practice medicine without a license. In 1870 was she allowed to attend the University of Toronto and was granted a medical license in 1880. In 1877 Emily Stowe organized Canada's first suffrage organization, initially called the Toronto Women's Literary Club, which later became the Toronto Women's Suffrage Club.

Ann Augusta Stowe-Gullen (1857-1943), daughter of Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, was a medical doctor, a lecturer and a suffragette. Stowe-Gullen was educated at the Toronto School of Medicine, and received her MD from the Faculty of Medicine at Victoria University. She was the first woman to graduate from a Canadian medical school. She was a founding member of Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Stowe-Gullen was a member of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Ontario Social Service Council, the Senate of the University of Toronto, the Toronto Board of Education, the University Women's Club, the Women's Art Association, the Women's Board at Toronto Western Hospital, and the Women's Canadian Club. She was active in the suffrage, temperance and other social movements. She was among the founders of the National Council of Women in 1893, President of the Canadian Suffrage Association, Vice-President of the National Council of Women, and she succeeded her mother as President of the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Association in 1903. In 1935 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire.
Place of Publication
Toronto, Ont.
Date of Original
1854
Dimensions
Width: 28 cm
Height: 45 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
S729_1.11
Collection
Emily Stowe and Augusta Stowe-Gullen Collection
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.70011 Longitude: -79.4163
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Wilfrid Laurier University Archives and Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S729 Disc1
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Full Text

Normal School for Upper Canada

This is to Certify, That Emily H. Jennings having attended the Normal School during the Eleventh Session, 1853-1854, and having been carefully examined in the several Branches taught therein, is hereby recommended to the Chief Superintendent of Schools, as eligible to receive a First Class Certificate of Qualification, as a Common School Teacher in Upper Canada, according to the "Programme of the Examination and Classification of Common School Teachers" adopted by the Council of Public Instruction, on the 3rd day of [October?] [185?]

Tho J. Robertson {signed} Head Master.

William [?] AB {signed} Second Master.

In accordance with the foregoing recommendation, and under the authority of the Forty-fourth Section of the Upper Canada School of Arts of 1850 (13th and 14th Victoria, chapter 48)

I do hereby Grant to Emily H. Jennings

A First Class Certificate of Qualification as a Common School Teacher; which Certificate shall be valid in any part of Upper Canada, until revoked by me.

Dated at the Education Office, Toronto, this Twentieth day of April, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-four.

E. Ryerson {signed} Chief Superintendent of Schools for U. C.

located in Certificate Register A, of the Department, Number 152

[?] Hooper {signed}

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First Class Certificate of Qualification as a Common School Teacher, Upper Canada, 1854


First class teaching certificate presented to Emily Howard Jennings on April 20, 1854, qualifying her to teach normal school in Upper Canada. The certificate is signed by Adolphus Egerton Ryerson, Chief Superintendent of School for Upper Canada.