James P. Sheraton 1st Principal (1877-1906)

Biographical Sketch
James Paterson Sheraton was born November 29th 1841 in St John, New Brunswick. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick at age 20. His studies were continued under Bishop John Medley and at Kings College in Windsor, New Brunswick. In 1864 Sheraton was ordained deacon and a year later he was ordained to the priesthood.

In 1866 his wife was Margaret Wright Sheraton. She died in 1874. And in 1875 Sheraton remarried. His new wife was Rachel Mary Sheraton. At this time he was rector of the parish at Pictou, Nova Scotia. Sheraton spent 13 years in parochial work. In 1877 James P. Sheraton moved to Toronto to become the new principal of the Protestant Episcopal Divinity School, later named Wycliffe College. In 1883 Sheraton received a Doctor of Divinity from Queen’s University and in 1886 he received a Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto.

It was under Sheraton that Wycliffe College began to grow. Under his leadership the College found its new home at College Street and later at Hoskin Avenue. While principal Sheraton was on the Board of Examiners for Divinity Degrees. He was also a member of the Senate of the University of Toronto. Sheraton retained the position of principal until his death in 1906.
Scope and Content Notes
Consists of handwritten and typed items. Lecture notes are mostly located in books though some are loose. Sermon notes are contained in eleven notebooks. There are four books listing correspondence that was received and sent. There is some correspondence, manuscripts, and examinations. His ordination papers are also included. As well newspaper clippings can be found. There is a collection of correspondence dated in the 1905 to 1906 range that is for Sheraton but answered by T.R. O’Meara, his successor as principal. Also included are several bound lecture notes dated after Sheraton's death.
Note Area
Other documents relating to Sheraton are located in the Ramsay Armitage papers and in the Wycliffe College Executive Committee Minutes.