Moore, Smith William, Dd
Moore, Smith William, D.D.
a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, was born November 1, 1818, in North Carolina. He was converted in 1837, and entered Randolph-Macon College in 1838, but was obliged to leave a few months before graduation. He then taught school in Tennessee for two years, preaching in the meanwhile, and joined the Tennessee Conference in 1844, when he was ordained deacon. From 1849 to 1852 he was professor n the Female Institute at Athens, Alabama, when he was elected president, which position he resigned in 1853 to accept the vice-presidency of La Grange College. After a few months he resigned this position, and being transferred to Memphis Conference, became president of Bascom Female Seminary, a position he retained several years. One year he was agent of the Book and Tract Society, and at the same time one of the editors of the conference paper, Christian Advocate. In 1866 he was appointed president of Andrew College at Trenton, Tennessee, where he continued four years. The remainder of his life was given to the itinerancy, his last appointment being Central Church, Memphis, in 1879. He died at Brownsville, September 2, 1880. Dr. Moore was a polished scholar, skilled theologian, and faithful Christian. His preaching was clear, strong, instructive, and impressive. He was generous, kind, studious, prayerful, laborious, pure in heart, chaste in speech, consistent in life, catholic as well as evangelical, and profoundly earnest as a minister of the gospel. See Minutes of Annual Conferences of the M,E. Church South, 1880, page 167.