George R. Smith College

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George R. Smith College,[1] located in Sedalia, Missouri, was attended by the famed and prolific American ragtime-music piano composer Scott Joplin famous for the piano music piece "Maple Leaf Rag."

According to the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri [2] by Howard Conrad, the building was completed in 1882. The college operated from 1894 until it burned down April 26, 1925, after which its assets were merged (in 1933) with the Philander Smith College [3] in Little Rock, Arkansas. A photograph of George R Smith College, with students, can be found among the references listed here.[4]


  • P.A. Cool, 1894-1896
  • E.A. Robertson, 1897-1901
  • I.L. Lowe, 1902-1907
  • A.C. Maclin, 1908-1910
  • J.C. Sherrill, 1911-1912
  • George Evans, 1913-1914
  • Matthew Simpson Davage, 1915-1916, later served as president of New Haven Institute, Samuel Huston College, Rust College, and Clark University
  • Robert B. Hayes, 1917-1925