Smith, Roswell was born on March 30, 1829 in Lebanon, Connecticut, United States. Son of Asher Ladd and Wealthy (Pratt) Smith.
Attended Brown U., 1848-1850.
Went to New York to enter employ Paine & Burgess, publishers, 1843. Practiced in Lafayette, Indiana, 1851. Partner Scribner & Company, 1870, published 1st issue Scribner’s Monthly, became The Century Magazine, 1881.
Conceived The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, published under his direction, 1892. Board directors American Tract Society.