Henry Marshall Tory: University of Alberta founder

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Henry Marshall Tory 1864 – 1947

Henry Marshall Tory
1864 – 1947

The University of Alberta was founded in 1908 for the most pragmatic of reasons: to sell the young province to prospective settlers. The fact that many of the settlers might not actually use the new university was of little matter to the provincial government of the day. The university would show the world just how far Alberta had come in the first three years of its existence.

The man chosen to lead the university was cut from same common-sense cloth as many of the settlers. Henry Marshall Tory was a down-to-earth individual who thought an institution of higher learning should serve a practical purpose.


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