Samuel Francis Smith

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Birthday
21, 1808
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Nov 16, 1895 (87)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1808
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Death Date
Nov 16, 1895 (87)

About

Best known for writing the lyrics to My Country, 'Tis of Thee. He titled it America. He was also a Baptist minister.

Before Fame

He was an editor for Baptist Missionary Magazine.

Trivia

He was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Family Life

He married Mary White Smith in 1834 with whom he had six children. He was a foster father to businessman and writer Thornton Chase for four of Chase's teenage years.

Associated With

His first verse of America was quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. near the end of his I Have a Dream speech.