Richard Chapman Weldon 1881-1883
Richard Chapman Weldon (1849 - 1925) was born in Sussex, New Brunswick and attended Mount Allison Wesleyan College (later Mount Allison University). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1866 and subsequently taught school near Sussex, NB for several years. He then returned to Mount Allison and received a Master’s degree in Arts in 1870. Weldon went on to study at Yale College where he received a PhD in political science in 1872. In 1875 he returned to Mount Allison as a professor of mathematics and political economy, and was the first member of the faculty to have a PhD. In 1881, he took on additional duties associated with the College library.

Weldon left Mount Allison in 1883 to become the head of the newly-established Dalhousie Law School. He was the first full-time professor of law in post-confederation Canada. Weldon remained at Dalhousie University until his retirement in 1914. He died on 26 November 1925 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/185