William Hall Smith

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William Hall Smith (February 8, 1866 – after 1920)[1] was the President of the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College, now Mississippi State University, from 1916 to 1920.[2] Smith was born near Vernon in Lamar County, Alabama. He was a member of the first Board of Trustees of Mississippi Normal College, now known as the University of Southern Mississippi, and was elected first president of that institution during the period of its construction. Smith Hall at Mississippi State was formerly named in his honor (the building has since been demolished).[3]


  1. ^ History, Mississippi Dept of Archives and (1917-01-01). The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi. 
  2. ^ http://www.msstate.edu/president/timeline/
  3. ^ "Smith Hall, Critz Hall :: University Archives Digital Collection". digital.library.msstate.edu. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Robert Hightower
President of Mississippi State University
Succeeded by
David Carlisle Hull