Smith, Henry Louis, 1859-1951

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Henry Louis Smith, 1859-1951, was born in Greensboro, N.C. He graduated from Davidson College in 1881. He accepted a position of the faculty of Davidson College in 1886 and began graduate work at the University of Virginia. Smith taught physics and astronomy and was superintendent of grounds and buildings. While a professor, Smith performed the first X-ray experiment in the U.S. in 1896. Smith was president of Davidson College from 1901 to 1912 and president of Washington and Lee University from 1912 to 1929.

During his presidencies, Smith increased the enrollment, enlarged the faculty and physical facilities, and increased endowments of both schools. During World War I, his plan for a propaganda campaign using balloons was adopted and Woodrow Wilson later credited Smith with helping to shorten the war. In 1929, he retired and moved back to Greensboro where he remained active in civic and religious affairs until his heath in 1951.

From the description of Papers, 1881-1949. (American Museum of Natural History). WorldCat record id: 722090430

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creatorOf Davidson College. President (1901-1912 : Smith). Records, 1907-1912. Davidson College, Davidson College Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn McIntyre, Kenneth Henry, 1879-. Papers, 1901-1902. Davidson College, Davidson College Library
creatorOf Magruder family. Papers of the Magruder family, [manuscript], 1787-1945. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Tucker, Robert Henry, 1875-1967. Correspondence, 1918-1967. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Lee Chapel papers [manuscript] 1923-1924. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Washington and Lee University. Ambulance Unit. Papers, 1917-1962 (bulk 1917-1919). Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Smith, Henry Louis, 1859-1951. Papers, 1881-1949. Davidson College, Davidson College Library
referencedIn University of Virginia. Dept. of Physics. Summary of the records of holders of the Ph. D. in physics 1939. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Nisbet, Douglas Heath, 1893-1966. Collection, 1950. Davidson College, Davidson College Library
creatorOf Barr, Stringfellow, 1897-1982. Papers of the Virginia quarterly review [manuscript] 1920-29. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Crenshaw, Ollinger, 1904-1970. Papers, 1946-1968. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Scott, Ann Norvell Otey, 1872-1948. Papers, 1920-1948. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Editorial correspondence files, S-V, of the Virginian-Pilot, 1907-1950. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Crenshaw, Ollinger, 1904-1970. person
associatedWith Davidson College corporateBody
associatedWith Davidson College. President (1901-1912 : Smith) corporateBody
associatedWith Davidson Cotton Mill. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. person
associatedWith Magruder family. family
associatedWith McIntyre, Kenneth Henry, 1879- person
associatedWith Nisbet, Douglas Heath, 1893-1966. person
associatedWith Scott, Ann Norvell Otey, 1872-1948. person
associatedWith Smith, C. Alphonso (Charles Alphonso), 1864-1924. person
associatedWith Smith, Egbert W. (Egbert Watson), 1862-1944. person
associatedWith Tucker, Robert Henry, 1875-1967. person
associatedWith University of South Carolina. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Virginia. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington and Lee University. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington and Lee University. Ambulance Unit. corporateBody
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Greensboro (N.C.)
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X-rays
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Birth 1859

Death 1951

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