William Stith

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William Stith
3rd President of the
College of William & Mary
In office
Preceded by William Dawson
Succeeded by Thomas Dawson
Personal details
Born 1707
Died (1755-09-19)September 19, 1755
Alma mater College of William & Mary
Queen's College, Oxford

William Stith (1707 – September 19, 1755)[1] was an early American historian. He is the author of one of the earliest histories of Virginia, The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia: being an Essay towards a General History of this Colony, published in Williamsburg by William Parks in 1747.[2][3] He was also the College of William & Mary's third president (1752–1755) and is the namesake of Stith Hall, a residence hall on the College's campus.[4]

Stith was the son of Captain John Stith and Mary Randolph, a daughter of William Randolph I.[1][5] Around 1744, he married his first cousin, Judith Randolph, the daughter of Thomas Randolph of Tuckahoe.[1][5] They had three daughters: Judith, Elizabeth, and Mary.[1] Stith was educated at The College of William & Mary and The Queen's College, Oxford.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Gordon, Armistead C (1914). "The Stith Family". In Tyler, Lyon G. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine. XXII. Richmond, Virginia: Whittet & Shepperson. pp. 44–45. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "Discovery: Stith History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia". The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01.[dead link]
  3. ^ Fiske, John (1897). "Old Virginia and Her Neighbours". Houghton, Mifflin and Company: 255–256
  4. ^ "William & Mary - Bryan Complex". Wm.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  5. ^ a b Page, Richard Channing Moore (1893). "Randolph Family". Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia (2 ed.). New York: Press of the Publishers Printing Co. pp. 249–272.
  6. ^ Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. (1915). "Burgesses and Other Prominent Persons". Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. II. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 330–331.

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