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Henry Boynton Smith

Born: Nov 21, 1815

Death: Feb 7, 1877

Nationality: United States

Henry Boynton Smith

Date of Birth : Nov 21, 1815
Date of Death : Feb 7, 1877

Henry Boynton Smith, United States theologian, was born in Portland, Maine. He graduated at Bowdoin College in 1834; studied theology at Andover, where his health failed, at Bangor, and, after a year as librarian and tutor in Greek at Bowdoin, in Germany at Halle, where he became personally intimate with Tholuck and Ulrici, and in Berlin, under Neander and Hengstenberg. He returned to America in 1840, was a tutor for a few months at Bowdoin, and in 1842, shut out from any better place by distrust of his German training and by his frank opposition to Unitarianism, he became pastor of the Congregational Church of West Amesbury, Massachusetts. In 1847-1850 he was professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Amherst; and in 1850-1854 was Washburn professor of Church history, and in 1854-1874 Roosevelt professor of systematic theology, at Union Theological Seminary. His health failed in 1874 and he died in New York City on 7 February 1877. His son Henry Goodwin Smith was also a theologian. Of the old school of the New England Theology, Smith was one of the foremost leaders of the new school Presbyterians.


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