Smith, William (4), Dd

Smith, William (4), D.D., an Episcopal clergyman, was born in Scotland about 1754, and came, an ordained minister, to the United States in 1785. Shortly after he was settled in Stepney Parish, Md., and after remaining there two years became rector of St. Paul's Church, Narraganset, R.I. He left Jan. 28, 1790, to assume the rectorship of Trinity Church, Newport. R.I. He was instrumental in organizing the Church in Rhode Island. He left Newport April 12, 1797, to take charge of St. Paul's Church, Norwalk, Conn., where he remained until 1800, when he removed to New York, where he opened a grammar school. In 1802 he became principal of the Episcopal Academy at Cheshire, N.Y., which he left in 1806, and returned to New York, where he died, April 6, 1821. He was author of The Reasonableness of Setting Forth the Praises of God (N.Y. 1814, 12mo): — -Essays on the Christian Ministry: — Chants for Public Worship: — Office of Institution of Ministers, in the American Prayer book: — also occasional sermons and articles in periodicals. See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 5, 345.

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