Uriah Smith

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Uriah Smith
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Born (1832-05-03)May 3, 1832
Wilton, New Hampshire
Died March 6, 1903(1903-03-06) (aged 70)
Occupation Author, Inventor and Editor of Review and Herald of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Uriah Smith (May 3, 1832 – March 6, 1903) was a Seventh-day Adventist author, minister, educator, and theologian who is best known as the longest serving editor of the Review and Herald (now the Adventist Review) for over 50 years.

Uriah Smith was an extremely versatile and creative individual. Some of his lesser known contributions include his work as a poet, hymn writer, inventor, and engraver. He patented an artificial leg with a moveable ankle and a school desk with an improved folding seat. At the time of the formation of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in 1863, Smith was elected as the first secretary. He later held this same position again five separate times. He also served a term (1876-77) as General Conference treasurer.

Ordained to the gospel ministry in 1874, in that same year he also helped co-found Battle Creek College. As a theologian in residence at church headquarters he regularly taught Bible classes, ministerial workshops, and chaired the college board.

As the author of numerous books, Smith carved some of the first woodcut illustrations published by early Sabbatarian Adventists. He was one of the most prolific authors of early Adventism. His best-known work is Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation often abbreviated simply as Daniel and the Revelation.[1] It became the classic text on Adventist end-time beliefs.

He died in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1903, at the age of 70, from a stroke on his way to the Review office. [2]

His younger sister Annie R. Smith was an early Seventh-day Adventist poet and hymnist.

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Uriah Smith was born in 1832 in West Wilton, New Hampshire. His family accepted the Millerite message and in 1844 experienced what has become known as the Great Disappointment. That same year, Smith had his left leg amputated due to an infection. Following the Disappointment, Smith lost interest in religion and commenced schooling at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. In December 1852, he accepted the message taught by Sabbatarian Adventists which in 1863 became the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1853, he began working at the offices of the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald (now the Adventist Review), becoming its editor in 1855. His main contribution to Adventist theology was a commentary on the prophetic Biblical books of Daniel and the Revelation, but he also wrote extensively on conditional immortality and other topics. He advocated religious liberty, the abolition of slavery, and noncombatancy for Adventists.

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Preceded by
James White
Editor of the Adventist Review
1855–1861
Succeeded by
James White
Preceded by
James White
Editor of the Adventist Review
1864–1869
Succeeded by
J. N. Andrews
Preceded by
J. N. Andrews
Editor of the Adventist Review
1870–1871
Succeeded by
James White
Preceded by
James White
Editor of the Adventist Review
1872–1873
Succeeded by
James White
Preceded by
James White
Editor of the Adventist Review
1877–1880
Succeeded by
James White
Preceded by
James White
Editor of the Adventist Review
1881–1897
Succeeded by
A. T. Jones
Preceded by
A. T. Jones
Editor of the Adventist Review
1901–1903
Succeeded by
W. W. Prescott