Elmer Riggs Smith

“ELMER RIGGS  SMITH, B.A., M.A. (’97).  Spent two years in graduate study at Vanderbuilt, holding a fellowship in mathematics the second year.  The summer of 1898 he was instructor in the Vanderbuilt Summer School, and in the meantime contracted to take charge of a preparatory school at Stanton, Tenn.  After remaining there for two years, he went to Anniston, Ala., with W.A. White, ’00, to establish a training school.  Transferring his interest to his partner in January, 1903 he went to the University of Chicago, remaining there for two quarters, taking advanced mathematical courses.  He was then elected Professor of Mathematics in the Florida State College.  During the last session of the Florida Legislature (1905), it abolished all its State schools, and the college is now known as the Florida State College for Women, Professor Smith still holding the chair of mathematics.

On July 31, 1901, he was married to Miss Carrie Ware, daughter of Dr. G.G. Ware, of Stanton Tenn.  She died July 13, 1905.

Present address, Tallahassee, Fla.”

Source:  Vanderbuilt University Quarterly, Vol. 6, by Vanderbuilt University, 1906, page 140


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