The Cobourg Years: 1850-1869

1850
Samuel Sobieski Nelles is appointed Acting Principal; Ryerson becomes President. The College is at low ebb; only four students turn up for the beginning of term.

1851

S.S. Nelles is appointed Principal.

1854

Ryerson retires and Nelles is made President.
After the discontinuation of medical teaching at the University of Toronto , Dr. John Ralph's Toronto School of Medicine turns to Victoria for its degrees and is known as the Medical Department (later, Faculty of Medicine) of Victoria College.

1856

Founding of the Literary Association.

1860

Founding of the Alumni Association.

1862

The Faculty of Law is added.
The first conversazione is held by the Literary Society. Since dancing was not permitted at the College, the conversaziones were the major Victoria social events for many years.

1866

The Montreal branch of the Faculty of Medicine is added.

1867

The Montreal branch of the Faculty of Law is added.

1868

English Literature, taught by Alfred Henry Reynar, is added to the curriculum.

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