1874 A Champion for Education

  • Portrait of James L. Hughes

    James Laughlin Hughes, Appointed Toronto Public School Chief Inspector

    After attaining notoriety as an excellent student at the Toronto Normal School, James L. Hughes was asked to return from a rural teaching post to take up a position as a “teacher of teachers” back at the Normal School. Three years later, he was made principal of that school and in 1874 he became Chief Inspector of the Toronto Public School system at the ripe old age of 29. This achievement made him the youngest person to attain that position in the public school board.

    J.W.L. Forster

    Oil on canvas


    Portrait painting of a man wearing a suit, has a moustache, is looking to his left.