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Smith, Henry Preservedlocked

(23 October 1847–26 February 1927)
  • John L. Farthing


Smith, Henry Preserved (23 October 1847–26 February 1927), clergyman and professor of biblical literature and the history of religions, was born in Troy, Ohio, the son of Preserved Smith, a businessman, and Lucy Mayo. After attending Marietta College (1864–1866), Smith graduated from Amherst College (B.A., 1869) and Lane Theological Seminary in Cincinnati (B.D., 1872). He was licensed to preach by the Presbyterian church in 1871. After studying at the University of Berlin (1872–1874), he was ordained in 1875 by the Presbytery of Dayton. He was married to Anna Macneale in 1877; they had four children, of whom two survived to adulthood. After teaching church history (1874–1875) and Hebrew (1875–1876) at Lane, Smith studied modern biblical criticism under Franz Delitzsch at the University of Leipzig (1876–1877) in preparation to teach Old Testament literature. Between 1877 and 1893 he was a professor of Old Testament at Lane....

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