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Office of the President (Worthington Smith) Records

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Archives
Creator
University of Vermont. Office of the President.
Creator
Smith, Worthington
Title
Office of the President (Worthington Smith) Records
ID
RG.002.023
Date
1839-1856
Extent
0.4 Linear feet 1 box
Location
Library Research Annex
Language
English
Abstract
Worthington Smith served as president of the University of Vermont from 1849-1855. Much of Worthington Smith's papers consist of sermons dating during his years as president. The remainder of the collection contains his acceptance of the presidency, inaugural address, and resignation.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Office of the President (Worthington Smith) Records, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 University of Vermont Archives 2013-01-30 

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Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist.

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Biographical Note

Worthington Smith was born in Hadley, Massachusetts, and, after graduation from Williams College in 1816, like his predecessors he attended Andover Theological Seminary. After completing his studies there, he took a position preaching in St. Albans, VT. He served as a trustee at UVM and Middlebury College from 1823 on. The university awarded him an honorary doctorate of divinity in 1845. He was at first reluctant to take on the position as president because of the low salary ($1000). His principle achievement was the re-opening of the medical school in 1854. His health began to fail, and he resigned in 1854 and died in 1856.

Sources used in preparation of this biographical note include:

Daniels, Robert V. editor. The University of Vermont : The First Two Hundred Years Hanover, NH : University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England, c1991.

Lindsay, Julian Ira. Tradition Looks Lorward; the University of Vermont: a history, 1791-1904. Burlington [University of Vermont and State Agricultural College] 1954.

Marshall, Jeffrey. Universitas Viridis Montis, 1791-1991: An Exhibition of documents and artifacts telling the story of the University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.: University of Vermont, c1991.

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Scope of Content Note

Much of Worthington Smith's papers consist of sermons dating during his years as president. Only one is clearly a sermon delivered at UVM; others were given in St. Albans, VT; Westford, VT; and Burlington, Dec. 2, 1849. The remainder of the collection contains his acceptance of the presidency, inaugural address, and resignation.

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Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Vermont. -- Administration
  • University of Vermont. -- History

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