Smith, Uriah (1832-1903)

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SmithUriahEditor, 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.


The 2300 Days and the Sanctuary

America’s Crisis

An Appeal to the Youth

Bible Studen

t’s Assistant

The Biblical Institute

Both Sides on the Sabbath and Law

Daniel and Revelation 1912 Version

Daniel and Revelation 1897 Version

Day of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ

The Defense of Elder James White and Wife

Fundamental Principles of Seventh-day Adventists

The Great Commandment

A Greek Falsehood

Here and Hereafter

In Memoriam [Bourdeau]

In Memoriam [White]

Is Sunday Called the Sabbath in the New Testament?

Key to Smith’s Diagram and Parliamentary Rules

Key to the Prophetic Chart

Looking Unto Jesus

Man’s Nature and Destiny

The Marvel of Nations

Modern Spiritualism

Mortal or Immortal? Which?

Parable of the Ten Virgins

Poems, by Uriah Smith

A Question Answered

Replies to Elder Canright’s Attacks on Seventh-day Adventists


The Sanctuary and the Twenty-three Hundred Days of Daniel 8:14

The Seven Heads of Revelation 12, 13, and 17

Seventh-day Adventists and Their Work

A Study of the 144,000

Sunday in the Greek

Synopsis of the Present Truth

Trine Immersion

The Two Covenants

The United States in the Light of Prophecy

Vindication of the Business Career of Elder James White

The Visions of Mrs. E.G. White

The Warning Voice of Time and Prophecy

What Was Nailed to the Cross?

Who Changed the Sabbath?

Without Excuse

A Word for The Sabbath



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