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RG1415.AM:  Lewis Worthington Smith, 1867-1947

Papers:  1898

Orleans, Harlan County, Nebraska:  Teacher

Size:  Three items


Lewis Worthington Smith, son of Dwight A. and Sarah E. (Lewis) Smith, was born in Malta, Illinois, in 1867.  By 1885 the family was living in Lone Tree Precinct, Clay County, Nebraska.  Smith’s marriage record to Jessie B. Welborn in Indianola, Nebraska, on August 24, 1894, shows him as a resident of Orleans, Nebraska.  He was probably teaching there then.  An 1898 high school graduation program in this collection records him as Orleans High School principal.  By 1910 Lewis and Jessie Smith were living in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was an English professor at Drake University.  He continued his career at Drake for at least another thirty years.  He died in Des Moines in 1947.


This collection consists of two poems written by Lewis Worthington Smith and a graduation program from Orleans High School, 1898.  One poem, “Codrus,” was presented to graduating senior Ira H. Olmstead by principal Lewis Worthington Smith.  Codrus was the last of the semi-mythical kings of Athens.  He served as an ancient example of patriotism and self-sacrifice.  The high school graduation program accompanies this poem.  The second poem, “To Our English Brothers,” by Smith is a newspaper clipping from a London newspaper.  All three items in this collection are photocopies.


Envelope containing:  

Poem:  “Codrus” by Lewis Worthington Smith, 1898

Poem:  “To Our English Brothers” by Lewis W. Smith, ca. 1898

Orleans High School Graduation Program, May 23, 1898


Subject headings:

Harlan County (Nebraska)

Orleans (Nebraska)

Poets — Nebraska

Smith, Lewis Worthington, 1867-1947

Teachers — Harlan County (Nebraska)

Teachers — Orleans (Nebraska)


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