Charles Alphonso Smith papers
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On 15 Nov 1905 Smith married Susan McGee Heck, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.
Smith received his A.B. degree from Davidson College, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and in 1887 earned his M.A. from the same institution. He received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1893. His dissertation was titled The Order of Words in Anglo Saxon Prose.
Smith was appointed Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he taught from 1893-1902. He moved to the University of North Carolina in 1902 as head of its English department, and was appointed the first dean of its graduate school in 1903. He founded and edited the journal Studies in Philology. From 1909 to 1917 he taught at the University of Virginia, where he was appointed the first Edgar Allan Poe Professor of English. He was temporarily away from that position from 1910–11, while he served as Theodore Roosevelt Exchange Professor at the University of Berlin. In 1917 he became Head of the English Department at the United States Naval Academy.
Smith received degrees of LL.D. from the University of Mississippi, and an LL.D. from the University of North Carolina, and the degree of L.H.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
He was a founder of the Virginia Folklore Society. An important collection of his research, Traditional Ballads of Virginia, was edited by A. K. Davis, Jr. and published posthumously in 1929.
Smith's two most famous books are What Can Literature Do for Me?, a popular introduction to literary studies, and his biography of O. Henry, a more serious, academic work.
Biographical information adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._Alphonso_Smith, accessed 2017 March 1.
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