|Born||November 23, 1809
Worth, New York
|Died||February 24, 1882
Oak Park, Illinois
|Forest Home Cemetery (Forest Park, Illinois)|
|Known for||Philander Smith College|
|Net worth||$125,000 (at death)|
|Spouse(s)||Adeline M. Smith (1812–1885)|
|Children||Minnie Gertrude Smith Budlong (1840–1931), Sarah L. Smith Blackstone (1845–1908)|
Philander Smith (November 23, 1809 – February 24, 1882) was an American real estate agent and philanthropist. Philander Smith College is his namesake.
Philander Smith was the son of David Smith, whose 1801 sawmill in upstate New York gave name to the village of Smith’s Mills before it became Adams (town), New York (after former president John Adams) in 1802.
His widow Adeline continued to give away his $125,000 fortune to a number of causes for a dozen years after his 1882 death. Her gift that year to the Methodists’ Walden Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas resulted in its immediate renaming as Philander Smith College.
- In 2003, the Historical Association of South Jefferson [County] moved into the former Philander Smith House at 29 East Church Street in Adams, New York.
- After the 1866 marriage of daughter Sarah, Mr. Smith was the father-in-law of famous Christian Zionist William Eugene Blackstone.
- Adeline M. Smith was memorialized in The Gospel in All Lands 1895, p. 519, so she probably died that year. The eulogy lists the many donations she made to the church.
- McCabe, C.C. "A Faithful Steward" in The Gospel in All Lands (New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1895): 519
- Philander Smith College: History and Mission