Nathanael Burwash

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Nathanael Burwash
Nathanael Burwash, from The New Student's Reference Work
Born July 25, 1839
St. Andrews East, Lower Canada
Died March 30, 1918(1918-03-30) (aged 78)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation minister and university administrator

Nathanael Burwash FRSC (July 25, 1839 – March 30, 1918) was a Canadian Methodist minister and university administrator.

He was born at St. Andrews East, Lower Canada (now Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, Quebec) in 1839. He graduated in 1859 from Victoria College which was then located in Cobourg, Ontario and was ordained in 1864. He later studied at Yale and the Garrett Biblical Institute.

In 1866, he was appointed professor of natural history and geology at Victoria College. In 1873 he became dean of theology there, and in 1887, he became president of Victoria University, the new name of Victoria College. He participated in the discussions which led to Victoria College's relocation from Cobourg to Toronto and its federation with the University of Toronto.

He was also a participant at each general conference of the Methodist Church from 1874 to 1894. He wrote several books, including a biography of Egerton Ryerson.

Burwash Hall was named in his honour.


  • Burwash, N. Wesley's doctrinal standards, published by W. Briggs and C.W. Coates circa 1881.
  • Burwash, N. The history of Victoria College Toronto : Victoria College Press, 1927. (published after Burwash's death) xviii, 571 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
  • Burwash, N. and Reynar, A. H. (Alfred Henry). Egerton Ryerson Parkman ed. Toronto : Morang, 1906. 303 p. : port. ; 23 cm.

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  • Van Die, Marguerite. An evangelical mind : Nathanael Burwash and the Methodist tradition in Canada, 1839-1918. Kingston, Ont. : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989. viii, 280 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. (McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion 1181-7445 3) ISBN 0-7735-0695-0