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Francis Herbert Cosgrave, educator and administrator, was born on 11 July 1880 in Kilsallaghan, County Dublin, Ireland and died on 31 January 1971 at Central Park Lodge, Throncliffe Park, Toronto. He was the son of Frederick Cosgrave and Martha Rogers Bullen. He attended Corrig School, Kingstown Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin where he achieved a B.A. in 1902, a B.D. in 1907, and an M.A. in 1917. He was ordained deacon in 1904 and priest in 1905 at Durham, England.
His first post was as Curate of Christ Church in West Hartlepool, near Durham England from 1904-1907. Cosgrave was appointed lecturer in Hebrew at Trinity College, Toronto in 1907, Professor in 1909, and Dean of Divinity in 1916. He took on work as an assistant at St. Clements church in Toronto from 1923-1926. He was elected as Provost of Trinity College on 21 July 1926, installed on 15 January 1927, and served until 1945. He was a lecturer at Huron College in London Ontario from 1945-1948. He was honourary canon of Toronto from 1959 until his death.
Cosgrave married Annie Leila Metcalf on 4 September 1926 in Grimsby, Ontario. She died in 1966.