William Johnston 1848-1885
Rector and Acting Principal, Ontario School of Agriculture, 1874-1876
Principal, Ontario School of Agriculture, 1876-1879
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Despite his lack of practical farm expertise, William Johnston (1848-1885) was the "founder" of the Ontario Agricultural College and its Principal from 1876-1879. It was his vision that led to the creation of a three-year degree program, affiliated with the University of Toronto, which began in 1887 and continued until 1964. Johnston Hall, built in 1932 as a student residence and administrative offices, is now one of the University's most recognized buildings.
The plaque is located in the main foyer of Johnston Hall.