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Smith, Francis H. (Francis Henney), 1812-1890

 Person

Major General Francis Henney Smith (b. 1812 d. 1890) was appointed VMI's first Superintendent in 1839. An 1833 graduate of West Point, he had previously served briefly in the U. S. Army and was a Professor of Mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College (VA) when he accepted the position as head of the newly established Virginia Military Institute. He served for fifty years, from the Institute's infancy, through the Civil War, and through the difficult post-war period. He is known as the "builder and rebuilder of VMI." Smith retired on January 1, 1890 and died only a few months later, on March 21, 1890.

Found in 28 Collections and/or Records:

Francis H. Smith European Travel Letter Books and Related, 1858

 Collection
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous Francis H. Smith and Smith family personal records. Includes 2 volumes of personal letters written while on his trip to Europe in 1858, along with a scrapbook containing engravings of places visited; misc. personal correspondence, including one letter from Scott Shipp thanking Smith for his condolences upon the death of Shipp's wife.

Francis H. Smith letter of recommendation for William D. Stuart, 1850 December 3

 Item
Scope and Contents

From VMI Superintendent Francis H. Smith, endorsing Stuart's application for a commission in the U.S. Army

Francis H. Smith Personal and Biographical Material, 1858-1890; 1890 - ongoing

 Series
Scope and Contents Biographical material and miscellaneous Smith and Smith family personal papers.

Francis H. Smith Personal Papers, 1833-1890

 Collection
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous Francis H. Smith and Smith family personal records. Includes 2 volumes of personal letters written while on his trip to Europe in 1858, along with a scrapbook containing engravings of places visited; misc. personal correspondence, including one letter from Scott Shipp thanking Smith for his condolences upon the death of Shipp's wife.

Francis H. Smith speeches and publications, 1841-1879

 Series
Scope and Contents A chronological file containing originals and copies of Smith's published addresses, speeches, discourses. These were published in pamphlet form. VMI owns originals for many; for those not found in the VMI Archives, the staff obtained photocopies from the Library of Virginia.

Francis H. Smith West Point Diploma, 1833

 Item
Scope and Contents The United States Military Academy diploma awarded to Francis H. Smith in 1833. The ink is badly faded. Bears the signature of President Andrew Jackson.

Oversized case 9

Geometry exercises, 1847 March

 File
Scope and Contents Twelve pages of geometry exercise drawings for Francis H. Smith's course.