Smith, Uriah (1832-1903)— Editor, administrator, preacher, prophetic expositor, professor, poet, inventor, and artist-engraver.
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Smith, Uriah (1832-1903)—
Editor, administrator, preacher, prophetic expositor, professor, poet, inventor, and artist-engraver. Smith was born in New Hampshire, and accepted the message of Sabbatarian Adventism after hearing James and Ellen White in 1852. He joined the Whites in their publishing of The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald after their move to Rochester, NY, becoming editor at age 23 when the periodical moved to Battle Creek, Michigan the fall of 1855. He remained until 1897 in this position with little interruption, assisting James White until his death in 1881, and then taking over full charge. Smith authored 20 books and approximately 4000 editorials, impacting the church over that span of time nearly as much as James and Ellen White. He served 13 years as editor with James White of the Signs of the Times published in California.
Smith’s separate books on Daniel and Revelation were combined in 1882 as Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, received a strong endorsement by Ellen White, and remain his best-known work. It has gone through several editions, and has been translated in many languages. Smith was also instrumental in conducting many bible institutes for ministers, a form of continuing education for them. He was the charter Bible teacher at Battle Creek College, and as chairman of the board of trustees conflicted with Ellen White’s vision of education whose emphasis would be on the Bible balanced with manual labor, rather than the classical, theoretical curriculum he favored. He also came into significant conflict with her over the message that came in the years surrounding Minneapolis, and her support for A. T. Jones and E. J. Waggoner. He responded to her appeals to cease opposing her work, but never seemed to grasp the concepts and run with them.
Smith’s case provides a classic example of a talented worker who at times needed reproving, but could easily become discouraged over reproof. Ellen White with her long history of working with him from the early years would gently attempt to carry out her work as messenger in giving him wise, encouraging, and clear counsel. In spite of his weaknesses, and in context of the broader issues shaking the foundations of the church toward the end of the 1800s, she specifically stated that it was God’s plan that he remain Review editor to the end of his life. One area of counsel he struggled with, partly due to his artificial leg and partly to his love of writing, was to balance his desk work with physical exercise. Ellen White’s desire to lengthen his productive years was more successful than her effort with her own husband. Smith died of a stroke at age 70 while walking to the Review and Herald Publishing House.
Titles of publications in Vol. 2:
Who Changed the Sabbath?
Replies to Elder Canright’s Attacks on Seventh-day Adventists
Is Sunday Called the Sabbath in the New Testament?
Seventh-day Adventists and Their Work
Daniel and the Revelation
Here and Hereafter
Looking Unto Jesus
Sunday in the Greek
In Memoriam [Bourdeau]
Key to Smith’s Diagram and Parliamentary Rules
Day of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ
A Greek Falsehood
The Seven Heads of Revelation 12, 13, & 17
The Two Covenants
Fundamental Principles of Seventh-day Adventists
The Great Commandment
Parable of the Ten Virgins
A Question Answered
A Study of the 144,000
What Was Nailed to the Cross?