Rev. Thomas McCulloch, D.D.
In November 1803, a ship arrived at Pictou from Scotland. Among its passengers were Reverend Thomas McCulloch and his family, bound for Prince Edward Island, where McCulloch was to minister a Presbyterian congregation.
A man of Thomas McCulloch's sort was much needed in Pictou in 1803. Born in Renfrewshire, Scotland, in 1776, and educated at Glasgow University, he intended to study medicine at Whitburn, but instead chose theology. Once ordained as a minister in Ayrshire, he offered his services as a missionary to the colonies and the call was sent from Prince Edward Island.
Reverend McCulloch never reached the island. On June 6th, 1804 he was inducted as minister of the "Harbour" congregation of the Prince Street Church, Pictou. McCulloch also served as town physician at this time as Pictou was without a practicing doctor.
In 1816, Rev Thomas McCulloch founded Pictou Academy and was appointed the first principal. The students were taught a curriculum equal to that of any university. Studies in divinity were also offered. This was the first school of its level where the students were not required to belong to the Church of England. In 1838, Thomas McCulloch became the first president of Dalhousie College, a position he held until his death in 1843.