Born October 21, 1808 in Boston, Massachusetts. Smith attended Eliot School and then Boston Latin School—a college preparatory school and the first public school in America. In September of 1825, Smith entered Harvard. There he earned tuition money by doing translations from other languages into English, and by writing newspaper and magazine articles. He graduated from Harvard in 1829, with many honors. After working in journalism for a short time, he decided to become a minister. September of 1830, he entered Andover Theological Seminary. In 1832 Smith translated a German poem for a friend and liked the melody very much. He wrote new English words for it, and that new song became “America”.
Hardcover book “Poems of Home And Country. Also, Sacred and Miscellaneous Verse” by Samuel Francis Smith, Silver, Burdett & Co., Boston, N.Y. & Chicago, 1895. Special limitations page opposite title page states “This Edition De Luxe Of Poems Of Home And Country Is Limited To Two Hundred And Fifty Copies, Each Copy Having The Author’s Signature.” and is signed “Samuel Francis Smith” below. Impressive highly uncommon autographed book which of course reprints Smith’s most famous poem “America” among many other works. Presented in original RARE red dustjacket
In very good condition, sunning to spine of DJ, general wear – research indicates that the DJ for this book is hardly ever encountered.