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C. Henry Smith

C. Henry Smith (June 8, 1875 – October 18, 1948) was a Mennonite historian born in Metamora, Illinois. Smith was the first (known) American Mennonite to earn a Ph.D., doing so at the University of Chicago in 1907. C. Henry Smith (the "C" simply an initial he adopted) taught two stints at Goshen College and became the first dean of the college, before going on to teach at Bluffton University for the rest of his life. Smith's doctoral dissertation was published as The Mennonites of America in 1909 and remained the only comprehensive Mennonite history of American Mennonites into the 1950s.[1]

  1. ^ Bender, Harold S. "Mennonites of America, The (Monograph)". Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Herald Press. Archived from the original on 2013-07-21. Retrieved 14 March 2012.