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COCKBURN, George Ralph Riehardson, Canadian educator, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 15 February, 1834. He was educated at Edinburgh high school and at the University, where h0 was graduated in 1857. Subsequently he studied in France and Germany. He arrived in Canada in 1858, was soon afterward appointed to the rectorship of the model grammar-school of Upper Canada, and within a short time was commissioned to inspect the higher educational institutions of the province. This investigation extended over a period of two years, and its results were given to the public in two reports, in which the condition of the schools and the need of higher educational facilities were set forth. The principal institutions of learning in the United States were then visited by Mr. Cockburn. In 1861 he was appointed principal of Upper Canada College and a member of the senate of Toronto university. Under his management the College has obtained a high reputation not only for the thoroughness of its teaching, but also for its excellent moral influences. He is regarded as a thorough philologist and one of the best Latin scholars that Scotland has produced.
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