Philander Smith (November 23, 1809 – February 24, 1882) was an American real estate agent and philanthropist. Philander Smith College is his namesake.
|Born||November 23, 1809|
|Died||February 24, 1882|
|Resting place||Forest Home Cemetery (Forest Park, Illinois)|
|Known for||Philander Smith College|
|Net worth||$125,000 (at death)|
|Spouse(s)||Adeline M. Smith (1812–1885)|
|Children||Minnie Gertrude Smith Budlong (1840–1931), Sarah L. Smith Blackstone (1845–1908)|
His widow Adeline continued to give away his $125,000 fortune to a number of causes for a dozen years after his 1882 death. Her gift that year to the Methodists’ Walden Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas resulted in its immediate renaming as Philander Smith College.
- In 2003, the Historical Association of South Jefferson [County] moved into the former Philander Smith House at 29 East Church Street in Adams, New York.
- With the 1866 marriage of his daughter Sarah, Mr. Smith became father-in-law to famous Christian Zionist William Eugene Blackstone.
- Adeline M. Smith was memorialized in The Gospel in All Lands 1895, p. 519, so she probably died that year. The eulogy lists the many donations she made to the church.