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Merle Negley Smith

Clergyman

Merle Negley Smith, American clergyman. Served with Young Men’s Christian Association at Presidio, San Francisco, and overseas, 1917-1918. Trustee University of Southern California Director of the North American Holding Corporation. Delaware to five general confs. Methodist Church; Member Sigma Nu, Phi Beta Kappa.; Mason, Knights of Pythias.

Background

Smith, Merle Negley was born on December 11, 1872 in Lake City, Iowa, United States. Son of William Thompson and Amelia (Jack) Smith.

Education

Graduate Epworth (Iowa) Seminary, 1888. Bachelor of Arts, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, 1894, Doctor of Divinity, 1906, Doctor of Laws, 1924. Bachelor of Divinity, Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, 1898.

Doctor of Laws, University of Southern California, 1929.

Career

Teacher and registrar, Drew Theological Seminary, 1898-1902. Ordained ministry Methodist Episcopal Church, 1900. Pastor Ackley, Iowa, 1902-1905, Marshalltown, 1905-1909, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1909-1916, Pasadena, California, 1916-1937.

Membership

Served with Young Men’s Christian Association at Presidio, San Francisco, and overseas, 1917-1918. Trustee University of Southern California Director of the North American Holding Corporation. Delaware to five general confs.

Methodist Church; Member Sigma Nu, Phi Beta Kappa. Mason, Knights of Pythias. Clubs: New Century, Twilight.

Connections

Married Mae Wolfe, July 19, 1898 (deceased, 1945). Children: Mae Isobel, Esther-Merle.

father:
William Thompson Smith

mother:
Amelia (Jack) Smith

spouse:
Mae Wolfe

child:
Mae Isobel Smith

child:
Esther-Merle Smith