James Elishama Smith
Smith studied at Glasgow University. Hearing Edward Irving preach in 1828, he became a millenarian and associated with followers of Joanna Southcott. For a couple of years he became a Christian Israelite under John Wroe. He moved to London in 1832, and his millenarianism turned socialist. He translated Saint-Simon, edited Robert Owen's journal Crisis, and wrote for James Morrison's Pioneer.
Smith edited The Shepherd 1834–5 and 1837–8, and wrote leaders for the Penny Satirist. In 1843 he founded a penny weekly, the Family Herald, which at one point approached a circulation of half a million.
- The Anti-Christ, or, Christianity Reformed, 1833
- The Divine Drama of History and Civilization, 1854
- The Coming Man, 1873
- Timothy C. F. Stunt, ‘Smith, James Elishama (Shepherd Smith) (1801–1857)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
- Works by or about James Elishama Smith in libraries (WorldCat catalog)