James George (academic)

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James George
Principal of Queen's College at Kingston
In office
Preceded by John Machar
Succeeded by John Cook
Personal details
Born (1800-11-08)November 8, 1800
Died August 26, 1870(1870-08-26) (aged 69)
Stratford, Ontario

James George (November 8, 1800 – August 26, 1870) was the acting Principal of Queen's University from 1853 to 1857. He oversaw the establishment of the School of Medicine and the expansion of the Faculty of Arts.

In 1854, George helped to bring the Reverend George Weir over from Scotland as a professor of classical literature. Relations between the two were amiable until Weir accused George of fathering his sister's illegitimate child. George stepped down amidst the scandal, but the matter was never fully investigated and he kept his post as the professor of moral philosophy. In frustration, Weir penned a 16 canto epic poem mocking the former principal.

After several years of continued accusations from Weir, George retired to a ministry in Stratford, Ontario, where he spent the remainder of his days. The charges against him were never proven one way or the other.


Academic offices
Preceded by
John Machar
Principal of Queen's College at Kingston
Succeeded by
John Cook