Biography of Rev. William A. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Rev. William A., who for seventeen years has held the pastorate of the Congregational church at Groton, is a native of Scotland, born in Aberdeen, November 10, 1834. His parents were William and Jean (Raffin) Smith, and of their four children he was the youngest. He was educated in Scotland, and in 1853 was graduated from the King's College University. Although educated for the ministry Mr. Smith did not at once enter upon that calling, but engaged in mercantile pursuits. After several years thus employed he resumed theological study, and in 1860 entered the ministry. His first pastorate was at Douglass, England, where he remained twelve years: His work there, which was largely of a missionary character,was marked with wonderful success. In September, 1860, he married for his first wife Ann Creer of Douglass, who died in December, 1869. In August, 1873, he married Annie Caley, likewise of Douglass, by whom he had five children. After leaving his first charge, he accepted a call to a church in the North of London, England; here he remained nearly four years. In the spring of 1877 he came to the United States, and was at once called to the Congregational church at Groton, and has since been its pastor and leader. Mr. Smith's pastorate of this church has been marked by a degree of success never before attained in its history. He is an advocate of the " new theology " and his views have met with the hearty approval of the greater part of his parishioners. More than this, Mr. Smith has built up the church numerically as well as spiritually, and during his pastorate the present beautiful edifice has been erected. Its membership now reaches 200, with a like number in the Sunday school, while the various societies connected with the church give abundant proof of an excellent pastoral head.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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