Harriet E Bishop
Missionary teacher from Vermont who was St. Paul, Minnesota's first public school teacher.
Date of Birth1817
Date of Death1883
Harriet E. Bishop was a missionary teacher from Vermont who was St. Paul, Minnesota's first public school teacher.
Harriet Bishop was born in Panton, Vermont and attended schools in Vergennes, the Fort Edward Institute in New York, and Catherine Beecher's Teacher Training Course for Women. She taught in Essex County, New York before heading west as a missionary teacher in 1847. Her final destination was St. Paul, Minnesota, which was a United States territory at that time. Bishop opened the first permanent school in the area, and was St. Paul's first public school teacher. She was a devout Baptist who introduced Sunday schools to Minnesota and was active in the temperance and women's suffrage movements. In 1850, she opened a Female Seminary. She married John McConkey in 1858, but they were later divorced. The Harriet Bishop Elementary School, in Rochester, Minnesota, was named in her honor, even though she never taught in or traveled to the area. Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minnesota was also named after Bishop.
Organizations or Movements
- Temperance and Women's Suffrage Movements
- Fort Edward Institute
- Catherine Beecher's Teacher Training Course for Women, Albany, New York.