William Smith

(1816—1896) actuary and translator

'William Smith' can also refer to...

Edwin William Smith (1876—1957) missionary and anthropologist

George William Duff Assheton Smith (1848—1904) quarry owner and landowner

John William Smith (1809—1845) legal writer

Josiah William Smith (1816—1887) legal writer

Michael William Smith (1809—1891) army officer

Revd James William Smith (1815)

Robert William Innes Smith (1872—1933) physician and medical historian

Sir Graham William Smith (1939—2002) probation officer

Sir William Alexander Smith (1854—1914) founder of the Boys' Brigade and businessman

Sir William Cusack Smith (1766—1836) judge and politician

Sir William Smith (1813—1893) classical and biblical scholar

Sir William Smith Crawford (1878—1950) advertising agent

William A Smith

William Arthur Smith Benson (1854—1924) metalwork designer

William Farrar Smith (1824—1903)

William Forgan Smith (1887—1953)

(William) Frederick Danvers Smith (1868—1928) newsagent and hospital reformer

William H. Smith (1806—1872) writer and philosopher

William Hart-Smith (1911—1990)

William Henry Sedley-Smith (1806—1872)

William Henry Smith (1825—1891) newsagent and politician

William Jay Smith (b. 1918)

William Robert Smith (1886—1982) billiards and snooker player

William Robertson Smith (1846—1894) theologian and Semitic scholar

William Saumarez Smith (1836—1909) archbishop of Sydney

William Smith (1769—1839) civil engineer and geologist

William Smith (1697—1769) lawyer and jurist in America

William Smith (1728—1793) lawyer and politician in America

William Smith (c. 1727—1803) Church of England clergyman and educationist

William Smith (1730—1819) actor


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Philosophy


Quick Reference

William Smith was born in Liverpool on 30 December 1816 and died at his residence Lennox Lea in Currie, Midlothian on 28 May 1896. He was apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of thirteen, served seven years, and then worked another seven years as a clerk in a newspaper office. He entered the insurance business in 1845 and remained in it until his retirement in 1892, as a Director of the English and Scottish Law Life Assurance. In 1846 he helped to found the Edinburgh Philosophical Association, and during the 1840s he translated numerous works by the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte. In 1872 he received the honorary degree of LL.D. in recognition of his intellectual achievements, which were all the more remarkable for not being the product of a university education or an academic career.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.

Reference entries