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Smith, John, 1752-1809

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1752 - 1809

John Smith was born on December 21, 1752, in Rowley, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1773. After graduation he became preceptor in Moor's Charity School for one year. From 1774 to 1778, he was a tutor at the College and received his MA in 1776. In 1777, Smith became the first professor of learned languages appointed by the trustees of Dartmouth College and in 1779, added librarian to his duties. In 1788, Smith became a trustee of the College. In 1803, the Hebrew Grammar that he wrote during his junior year at Dartmouth was published. Other grammars including one on the Chaldee language, Latin and Greek were never published during his lifetime. Smith was also an associate pastor of the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College until 1787, after which he became sole pastor until 1804, serving not only the congregation of Hanover but also that of the Church at the Four Corners in Dothan. As a pastor he introduced the practice of giving commencement sermons to the Senior Class on the Sunday before Commencement Day. Smith died in 1809.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Dartmouth College specification of the officers

Mww 805490.3
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Identifier: Mww 805490.3
Overview In English.

John Smith lease

Mss 783553
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Identifier: Mss 783553
Overview In English.

John Smith lectures and grammar books

MS-1266
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Identifier: MS-1266
Overview John Smith (1752-1809), professor. Dartmouth College Class of 1773. Contains manuscripts of his "Hebrew Grammar," his "Chaldee Grammar," as well as lecture notes on natural philosophy and theology.

John Smith letter

Mss 795107
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Identifier: Mss 795107
Scope and Contents Letter from John Smith of Hanover, N.H. with a recommendation of character for Ebenezer Woodward.

John Smith letter

Mss 795160.1
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Identifier: Mss 795160.1
Scope and Contents Letter from John Smith of Dartmouth College to Jon. Freeman informing him that he has bought eighty volumes of books for Dartmouth College which are ready for delivery at Wm. Blakes, Bookseller, Boston.

John Smith letter

Mss 780461
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Identifier: Mss 780461
Scope and Contents One page letter from John Smith of Dartmouth College to Edward Longfellow of Newbury, MA praising Longfellow's son who "stands a candidate for the honors of Dartmouth College."

John Smith letter

Mss 783210.1
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Identifier: Mss 783210.1
Overview In English.

John Smith letter

Mss 784206
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Identifier: Mss 784206
Overview In English.

John Smith letter

Mss 798207
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Identifier: Mss 798207
Scope and Contents A thirty-one page sermon from John Smith preached in Concord, N.H. at the ordination of the Rev. Mr. Asa McFarland. By John Smith.

John Smith letter

Mss 782224
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 782224
Overview In English.