|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1820|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1908|
Section 21, block 303, lot 3 & 4, Grave 11. Father of Hoke Smith. Son of William True Smith and Martha Ambrose/Smith. Married to Mary Brent Hoke/Smith on 5/19/1853 in Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina. Aged 88 years.
Father of the well-known, Hoke Smith. Since he is famous, there is no way to link his parents to him. Hoke and his parents are all buried at Oakland.
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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans:
SMITH, Hosea Hildreth, educator, was born in Deerfield, N.H., Feb. 17, 1820; son of William True and Martha (Ambrose) Smith; grandson of William and Anna (True) Smith and of Jonathan Ambrose. He was graduated from Bowdoin college, A.B., 1842, A.M., 1845, and was president of
Catawba college, N.C., 1850-56. He was married, May 19, 1853, to Mary Brent, daughter of Michael and Frances Hoke of Lincolnton, N.C. He was professor of modern languages in the University of North Carolina front
1856 until 1868, when the university was broken up by the provisional government and he removed in 1872 to Atlanta, Ga., where for several years he was connected with the public schools. He was called to organize public schools in Houston, Texas, in 1877, and in 1879 he was made president of the Sam Houston Normal college at Huntsville, Texas, by Dr. Sears, manager of the Peabody Education fund. In 1888 he became literary editor of the Atlanta Journal which position he resigned in May, 1900. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon him by Baylor university, Waco, Texas, in 1880.
Documenting the American South : Smith, Hildreth Hosea
Hildreth Hosea Smith (1820-1908) was born in Deerfield, NH, to Martha Ambrose and William True Smith, a farmer. Educated at Foxcroft Academy in Maine, he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1842, taught in Maine and
Pennsylvania, and received an MA from Bowdoin in 1845. In 1851 he accepted a professorship of mathematics, natural sciences, and modern languages at Catawba College in Newton, NC, becoming the College's president in 1853. That same year he married Mary Brent Hoke. Joining the University faculty in 1857, Smith held the professorship modern languages until 1868. Students called him "Old Tige" because in their view he possessed the great physical strength of a tiger. After leaving the University he operated an academy in Lincolnton, NC, for a few
years, then organized public schools in Atlanta, GA; Shelbyville, TN; and Houston, TX. Returning to Atlanta, Smith became in 1888 the literary editor of the Atlanta Journal, a post he held for twelve years. The
Smiths had four children; a son, Hoke Smith, became governor of Georgia and secretary of the interior under President Cleveland (Battle 1:660;
Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 5:377-78).
William True Smith (1772 - 1859)
Martha Ambrose Smith (1781 - 1882)
Mary Brent Hoke Smith (1834 - 1911)*
Elizabeth Smith McAshan (1859 - 1941)*
Created by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Record added: Sep 01, 2009
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