President of Princeton[ edit ] Smith studied under president Witherspoon and returned to Princeton as a professor inand succeeded Witherspoon as president in He acutely estimated the special opportunity the College faced in the light of its history and the growing competition Samuel stanhope smith essay other colleges.
An empiricist in his anthropology and a Lamarckian before Lamarckhe sought to mediate between science and religious orthodoxy. Moral and Political Philosophy published in testify to the high quality of the instruction he gave.
Jacob Halsey and Co. Bradbury, "Samuel Stanhope Smith: Without challenging the fundamental place of classical languages and literature in education, he sought more time for the study of science and modern languages.
How accurate was the estimate is suggested by the origins of students attending the College in January College authorities denounced it as a sign of moral decay.
The quote as given,"True religion, and true philosophy must ultimately arrive at the same principle. His own ties to Princeton were strengthened when on June 28,he married Ann, the oldest daughter of President Witherspoon, whom he would succeed in He was born March 15, notas often has been said, even on his tombstonethe year in which his father, Robert Smith, was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Pequea, Pennsylvania.
He was fond of describing Princeton as a mecca for students drawn from the region reaching southward from the Hudson to Georgia. One device was to strengthen requirements for admission so that further classical instruction might be limited to the first year. Among the professors was John Maclean, a graduate of Edinburgh whose special interest was chemistry.
Although the paper brought nothing original to discussion of an old question, it displayed a respectable command of the existing literature and was important enough, after its initial publication at Philadelphia, to be reprinted at Edinburgh and London, and to bring attacks from other scholars, which caused Smith to respond with an enlarged edition in For some of them his educational reforms had gone too far, and there was discontent over the declining number of students preparing for the ministry.
Inhe graduated as a valedictorian from the College of New Jersey name later changed to Princeton Universityand went on to study theology and philosophy under John Witherspoon.
The two volumes of his Lectures. The second edition of his Essay on the Causes of Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species became important as a powerful argument against the increasing racism of 19th-century ethnology.
Another proposal, with agreement of the trustees in that was withdrawn inwas to allow students to pursue a special program leading to a certificate of achievement, a significant step toward the later Bachelor of Science degree.
President Smith was fortunate in the reputation he enjoyed as a scholar. A faculty of two professors, including the president, had grown to one of four professors in addition to the president, the usual two or three tutors, and an instructor in French.
Witherspoon, who remained active in the affairs of state and church, promptly turned over a large part of his administrative responsibilities to his son-in-law, who was named vice president in There is an oft-repeated story, probably apocryphal, that his brother John once said to him: Smith did not achieve all that he hoped for in the way of curricular reform, but his achievements in other areas were impressive.Smith, Samuel Stanhope Smith, Samuel Stanhope (), was the seventh president of the College and the first alumnus to hold the office.
He was born March 15, (notas often has been said, even on his tombstone), the year in which his father, Robert Smith, was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Pequea, Pennsylvania.
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EMBED EMBED (for wordpress by Smith, Samuel Stanhope, Publication date Topics White, Charles, Pages: Samuel Stanhope Smithwho led what was then the College of New Jersey from tomight have noted a couple of ironies here.
First, Smith presided over an institution at which undergraduate riots were a common occurrence, and challenges to the president’s authority were both flamboyant and familiar. Samuel Stanhope Smith (March 15, – August 21, In this essay Smith described the basic concept of sexual selection, this was before Charles Darwin later popularized the theory.
Smith is also known for his attempt to refute Thomas Jefferson's claim in Notes on the State of Virginia, Born: March 15,Pequea, Province of Pennsylvania.Download