John Blair Smith Edit Profile
Graduated from College of New Jersey (now Princeton), 1773.
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While a tutor at the College, John Blair Smith was chosen in 1777 as a captain of a company of students (about sixty-five total) during the American Revolutionary War, assigned to the defense of Williamsburg. In 1779 Samuel Stanhope Smith resigned his presidency and the pastorates of his churches, in order to answer a call to be president of the College of New Jersey. Smith was also pastor in Cumberland and Briery, as these positions were part of the college presidency.
At Hampden-Sydney, Smith also added the theology school. John Blair Smith resigned in 1789, accepting a call as pastor to church in Philadelphia. Four years later he was elected the first president of Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Eight months after returning to his pastorate in Philadelphia in 1799, he died there in a yellow fever epidemic.
Married Elizabeth Nash, 1779, 6 children.