Bishop, Harriet E. (1817–1883)

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Bishop, Harriet E. (1817–1883)

American missionary. Born Jan 1, 1817, in Panton, Addison Co., Vermont; died Aug 8, 1883, in St. Paul, Minnesota; m. John McConkey, Sept 12, 1858 (marriage dissolved, Mar 13, 1867).

Became a Baptist early in life; arrived in St. Paul (then a Sioux Indian trading post of no more than 20 families), to open the 1st permanent citizen day school in the area (1847); introduced Sunday schools from which St. Paul's early Baptist, Presbyterian, and Methodist churches developed; elected vice-president of American Equal Rights Association (1869); also championed the temperance movement; wrote 3 books dealing with Minnesota.

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