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2018 Mar 22


Harriet Bishop Biography

Harriet Bishop

Harriet Bishop

In 1847, Harriet Bishop became St Paul's first public school teacher when she moved from Vermont to what would become the territory and eventually the state of Minnesota. As a devout Baptist committed to social reform, she helped establish many charitable societies in St Paul and promoted the causes of temperance and woman suffrage. She played a vital role in the congregation of St Paul's First Baptist Church and opened the first Sunday school in St Paul upon her arrival. She chronicled many of these adventures in her book Floral Home, Or First Years of Minnesota.


Harriet Bishop Resources

Extended Harriet Bishop Biography - PDF

For Grades K-8: "Northern Lights" Chapters 6 & 7

Harriet Bishop in the MN150 Wiki

MHS Library History Topics Page for Harriet Bishop

MHS Library Resource: Floral Home or First Years of Minnesota

MHS Library Resource: Minnesota, Then and Now

MHS Library Resource: Dakota War Whoop

MHS Library Resource: First Baptist Church Records

MHS Visual Resources for Harriet Bishop

Minnesota Place Names Entry for Harriet Bishop and Harriet Island

MHS Library History Topics Page for Women's Suffrage

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Floral Home, or First Years of Minnesota

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Map of the Territory of Minnesota, 1849