Guide to the Papers of the Smith Family , circa 1839 - 1961Manuscript MS-1164

Introduction

The Smith Family begins with Asa Dodge Smith (1804-1877), the 7th President of Dartmouth College (1863-1877). He was born in Mt. Vernon, NH and was graduated at Dartmouth College in 1830, and at Andover Theological seminary in 1834. From 1830-1831 he served as principal of Limerick Academy, Maine, and as pastor of the 14h Street Presbyterian church, New York City from 1830-1833. Before he was elected president of the college he was a lecturer on pastoral theology in Union Theological Seminary. During his administration, Dartmouth College experienced tremendous growth and because of his favorable reputation as a preacher and public speaker he was able to attract many important bequests. His son William Thayer Smith (1839-1909) graduated from Dartmouth College Medical School in 1879, and became Dean of the Medical School in 1896. He married Susan Weston Kellogg (1852-1902) in 1885. Their son Thayer Adams Smith (1889-1973) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1910, and received his MD from Columbia University in 1914. During World War I he was a captain in the Army Medical Corps, after which he practiced medicine in New York City, and was an instructor in medicine at New York Post Graduate Medical School until 1924. In 1923 he married Dorothy Parkhurst (1896-1967) and they moved to Short Hill, NJ in 1924, where he continued to practice medicine until his retirement in 1955.

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