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Smith, Franklin Gilette
Age: 0, credited to Benson, VT
Unit(s): Civilian
Service: Middlebury College 1817, A.M. Princeton 1819, teacher, Boys School, Milledgeville, GA 1821, Female Seminary, Lynchburg, Va., 1823, ordained 1823, rector, St. Paul's, Lynchburg 1824-1837, Columbia TN Female Institute 1838-1852, founded Columbia TN Anthenaeum 1852; Civil War service: too old to serve himself, he organized the Maury Rifles, Company B, 2nd Tenn. Inf. C.S.A. 1861 [College: MC 17, PC 20]

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Birth: 12/14/1797, Benson, VT
Death: 08/04/1866

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, TN
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 8497811
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: MC
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Franklin Gillette Smith, son of Chaunce and Hannah (Brown) Smith, was born in Benson, Vermont on December 14, 1797. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1817, and Princeton University in 1820. After spending some time in Virginia, Rev. Smith went to Tennessee to be president of the Columbia Female Institute, an Episcopal school in Columbia, Tennessee, in which position he served from 1838 to 1852. In 1852 he founded the Columbia Athenaeum, another girls' School. In 1861 he organized the Maury Rifles, Company B, 2nd Tennessee Infantry, in which two of his sons served.


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