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Francis Henney Smith

Born: Oct 18, 1812

Death: Mar 21, 1890

Birthplace: Norfolk

Nationality: United States

Francis Henney Smith

Date of Birth : Oct 18, 1812
Date of Death : Mar 21, 1890
Birth Place : Norfolk

Francis Henney Smith was an American military officer, mathematician and educator. After graduating from West Point and a brief service in the United States Army, he became the first Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute on its establishment in 1839, and held that post until shortly before his death. His superintendency included the four years of the American Civil War, during which he served as a major general in the Virginia militia and a colonel in the Confederate States Army.

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