Charles Henry Smith (June 15, 1826 – August 24, 1903) was an American writer from the state of Georgia who used the nom de plume Bill Arp for nearly 40 years. He had a national reputation as a homespun humorist during his lifetime, and at least three communities are named for him (Arp, Ga.; Bill Arp, Ga.; Arp, Texas).
Born and raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S, Smith enrolled at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia. However, he did not graduate. He moved to Rome, Georgia in the 1850s, where he lived in Oak Hill before he sold it to his collegaue, Andrew M. Sloan, who later sold the estate to Thomas Berry in 1871. During the Civil War, Smith served in 8th Georgia Volunteer Infantry (Rome Light Guards) as a major on the staff of several Confederate generals, including Francis Bartow. Following the war, he returned to Rome, where he served as mayor, alderman, and in the Georgia Senate.
He edited newspapers in Rome, Cartersville and Atlanta and published five books: Bill Arp's Letters (1870), Bill Arp's Scrap Book (1884), The Farm and Fireside (1891), History of Georgia (1895), From the Uncivil War to Date (1903). He was a successful lecturer as well.
Smith lived in Cartersville, Georgia from 1877. He died there in 1903 and is buried there.
- The Civil War in Georgia: 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment
- Augusta.com Picture Story at www.augusta.com
- Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Smith, Charles Henry". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton This source says he graduated from Franklin College.
- Collected works online at UNC
- History of the University of Georgia by Thomas Walter Reed, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949, pp. 522-525
- "Alias Bill Arp: Charles Henry Smith and the South's 'Goodly Heritage' (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991) by Dr. David B. Parker.
- Bill Arp from the Uncivil War to Date, 1861-1903. Atlanta, Ga.: The Hudgins Publishing Company, 1903, c1902.
- Bill Arp public domain audiobooks from LibriVox
- "Bill Arp". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
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