Joseph-Henri Tabaret

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Joseph-Henri Tabaret
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Born (1828-04-12)12 April 1828
Saint-Marcellin, France
Died 8 February 1886(1886-02-08) (aged 57)
Ottawa, Ontario

Joseph-Henri Tabaret (12 April 1828 – 8 February 1886) was a Canadian Roman Catholic Priest and academic, best known because of his long and important association with the University of Ottawa. He was a member of the Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate. The Oblates founded the College of Bytown in 1848. Under Tabaret's leadership from 1853-1861, Bytown College became an official university.

He was rector (president) of Collège d'Ottawa / College of Ottawa from 1861-1864, 1867-1874 and 1877-1886. Rev. Joseph-Henri Tabaret, OMI, served the College for a total of 30 years during the 19th century, and is generally regarded as the builder of the University. Father Tabaret was an ardent defender of bilingualism, often heard to say: "...in this part of Canada, the use of both languages is not a matter of discussion; it is a matter of necessity."

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Augustin Gaudet
Rector of the College of Bytown/College of Ottawa
1853–1864
Succeeded by
Timothy Ryan
Preceded by
Timothy Ryan
Rector of the College of Ottawa
1867–1874
Succeeded by
Antoine Paillier
Preceded by
Antoine Paillier
Rector of the College of Ottawa
1877–1886
Succeeded by
Philémon Provost