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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 13 Collections and/or Records:

Francis H. Smith - George W. Cullum Correspondence, 1865. Full Text Transcriptions [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/1019

Francis H. Smith Armory Commission Letters, 1858-1860. Full Text Transcriptions. [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/640

Francis H. Smith European Travel Letter Book, Volume 1, Transcription. [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/278

Francis H. Smith European Travel Letter Book, Volume 2, Transcription. [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/403

Francis H. Smith Letter, June 1864. Hunter's Raid on VMI. Full Text Transcription [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/1006

Francis H. Smith Official Correspondence. Secession Crisis Letters, 1860-1861. Transcriptions. [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: RG02.01/Smith/Correspondence/Outgoing/Secession

Francis H. Smith Outgoing Correspondence, 1864 May, Selected Letters. Full Text Transcriptions. [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll14/id/1013

Francis H. Smith Outgoing Correspondence, July 1859-June 1860. Full Text Transcriptions [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: RG02.01/Smith/Correspondence/Outgoing/1859-1860/Transcriptions

John T. L. Preston - Francis H. Smith Correspondence [digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15821coll11/id/1448