Harriet E Bishop

Harriet Bishop
Harriet Bishop

Time Period

1820-1860

Subject Categories

Education, Religion

Notable Facts

Missionary teacher from Vermont who was St. Paul, Minnesota's first public school teacher.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

1817

Date of Death

1883

Primary Residence

Panton

Religion

Baptist

Ethnicity

Caucasian

Historical Significance

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

Occupations

  • Teacher

Education

  • Fort Edward Institute
  • Catherine Beecher's Teacher Training Course for Women, Albany, New York.

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Harriet Bishop Elementary School Link

  • Clifford, Deborah. "Harriet E. Bishop." In The Vermont Encyclopedia. Edited by John Duffy. The University of New England Press, 2003.

  • Minnesota History Center Link

  • Harriet Island Link