Benjamin B. Smith

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Bishop B. B. Smith.

Benjamin Bosworth Smith (June 13, 1794 – 1884) was an American Protestant Episcopal bishop.

Early life[edit]

He was born at Bristol, R. I., and lost his father when he was 5 years old. Nonetheless, he graduated at Brown University in 1816.[1]


The following year he was ordained, beginning his ministry at Marblehead, Mass. He held several pastoral charges and was for a time editor of the Episcopal Recorder at Philadelphia. His last rectorship, in Lexington, Ky., he held until 1837, though in 1832 he had become Bishop of the diocese. While he was presiding Bishop (from 1868), a separatist movement, which became the Reformed Episcopal Church, was organized under the leadership of Bishop Smith's own assistant bishop, George David Cummins. He published Saturday Evening (1876) and Apostolic Succession (1877).

In the late 1860s, he helped establish schools and hire teachers to work with former slaves throughout the south.[2]


  1. ^ W. Robert Insko, Kentucky Bishop (Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society 1952)pp. 1-2
  2. ^ Simmons, William J., and Henry McNeal Turner. Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising. GM Rewell & Company, 1887. p744-751


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Episcopal Church (USA) titles
Preceded by
John Henry Hopkins
9th Presiding Bishop
Succeeded by
Alfred Lee
Preceded by
New Diocese
1st Bishop of Kentucky
Succeeded by
Thomas U. Dudley