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Harriet Bishop: Pioneer, Teacher, & Womens Advocate: Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates


  • Minnesota Democrat 
  • The Minnesotian 
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Minnesota Chronicle and Register
  • Minneapolis Tribune

Newspaper Transcripts and Index, 1849-1863
Typed transcripts of and a microfilmed personal name and subject index to articles on early Minnesota, selected mainly from southern Minnesota newspapers, 1849-1859. Includes much information on land and water travel, immigration, the rise and decline of towns, and Indian affairs, as well as descriptions of Minnesota’s climate and natural resources.
MNHS call number: Microfilm M588


  • January 1,1817: Harriet Bishop is born in Vermont.
  • July 19, 1847: After hearing about the growing demand for teachers on the expanding frontier, Harriet Bishop moves to St. Paul and establishes the first public school in the city.
  • 1847: Soon after her arrival in Minnesota, Harriet Bishop opens the first Sunday school in St. Paul. The Sunday school becomes the foundation for the First Baptist Church of St. Paul, with Bishop as a leading member.
  • 1850: Harriet Bishop opens the Minnesota Women's Seminary.
  • 1858: Harriet Bishop marries John McConkey.
  • 1867: Harriet Bishop helps to found the Ladies Christian Union in St. Paul.
  • 1867: Harriet Bishop divorces John McConkey.
  • 1877: Harriet Bishop becomes the first organizer of the Minnesota Women's Christian Temperance Union.
  • August 8,1883: Harriet Bishop dies in St. Paul.



Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

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