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HODGINS, John George, Canadian author, born in Dublin, Ireland, 12 August, 1821. He came to Canada with relatives in 1883, and was educated at Upper Canada college and Victoria college, where he was graduated in 1856. In 1846 he became secretary of the board of education for Upper Canada, and in October, 1876, he was appointed deputy minister of education for Ontario, which office he now (1887) holds. He was graduated in the faculty of law in Toronto university, from which he received in 1860 the degree of LL.B., and in 1870 the .degree of LL. D., and the same year was admitted to the bar of Ontario. He was secretary of the international congress of educators that met at New Orleans in 1885, became a fellow of the Royal geographical society in 1861, received the decoration of the palm-leaf from France in 1879, and was awarded a confederation medal in 1886, Since his first official connection with educational matters, no other person in Ontario has been so instrumental in perfecting the school system of that province. From 1855 till 1879 he was chief editor of the Upper Canada "Journal of Education." He is the author of "Lovell's General Geography "' (Montreal, 1862); "School History of Canada" (1862); "Canadian School Speaker and Reciter" (1862); "Sketches and Anecdotes of the Queen" (1870); "The School-House and its Architecture" (Toronto, 1872); "School Manual" (1870); "Lectures on School Law" (1870); and "Report of the Educational Features of the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia" (1877).
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