William Stith

(1707—1755) Church of England clergyman and historian

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(1707–55), born in Virginia, was educated at William and Mary and at Oxford, and wrote The History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia (1747), based on careful study of the writings of John Smith and Robert Beverley and the records of the London Company. This is the earliest important secondary account of the colony to 1624, and shows Stith's sympathies to lie with the Company and against James I. He was chaplain to the House of Burgesses, and published several sermons, besides serving as president of William and Mary (1752–55).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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