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Samuel Francis Smith
Birth: Oct. 21, 1808
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1895
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Poet, Editor, Minister. He is best remembered for was writing the lyrics to the patriotic song "America", now referred to as "My Country 'Tis of Thee", which is one of the most published scores ever. He attended Harvard University in 1825 to 1829 and Andover Theological Seminary in 1830. In 1832, he entered the Baptist Missionary and was ordained minister. He became editor of Baptist Missionary Magazine, contributed to the Encyclopedia Americana and was editor of the Baptist Missionary Union. He wrote many religious hymns to include, "Down to the Sacred Wave," Go, Heralds of Salvation, Forth," Softly Fades the Twilight Ray" and "Today the Savior Calls" to name a few. He was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1970. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Smith (1785 - 1822)
  Sarah Bryant Smith (1780 - 1876)
 
Burial:
Newton Cemetery and Crematory
Newton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jul 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14799870
Samuel Francis Smith
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I am a descendent of Samuel Francis Smith through the Leonard Smith Family from Illinois. Samuel was my 4th Great Uncle on my father's side, Robert Hobart, whose Mother was a Smith.
- Tricia Hobart Puleo
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Oct. 21, 2013
Thanks, on Thanksgiving. "Great God, our King"
- O'KC
 Added: Nov. 22, 2012
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