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Smith, Franklin Gillette


Age: 64, 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: Block O
Gravestone photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 8497811


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: MC, PTS
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, TN

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Franklin Gillette Smith

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. See the following:

The Athenaeum Rectory
The Columbia Female Institute
History of the Athenaeum
Columbia Athenaeum History
Hood's 1864 Virtual Driving Tour

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