Henry Boynton Smith was born on 21 November 1815 in Portland, Maine. In 1834 he graduated from Bowdoin College and went on to study theology with Moses Stuart and Leonard Woods at Andover Theological Seminary. Due to ill health, he left Andover and returned to Maine where he completed his theological education under the direction of Enoch Pond at Bangor Theological Seminary. After serving as librarian and tutor at Bowdoin, in 1837 Smith went to Germany to further his theological studies. During his time in Germany he attended the lectures of August Tholuck at the University of Halle and August Neander, August Twesten, Leopold Ranke, Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, and Ernst Hengstenberg at the University of Berlin.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.