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Samuel Francis Smith

  • Birth 21 Oct 1808 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 1895 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 14799870

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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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 2 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14799870
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Francis Smith (21 Oct 1808–16 Nov 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14799870, citing Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .