North American Scholar

SMITH, Clement Lawrence

  • Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD): 1844-04-13
  • Born City: Upper Darby
  • Born State/Country: PA
  • Parents: George, a Pennsylvania legislator, & Mary Lewis S.
  • Date of Death (YYYY-MM-DD): 1909-07-01
  • Death City: Cambridge
  • Death State/Country: MA
  • Married: Emma G. Griscom, 25 Aug. 1870.
  • Education:

    A.B. Haverford, 1860; A.M., 1863; LL.D. (hon.) 1888; A.B. Harvard, 1863; study at Göttingen, 1865-6; travel in Greece & Italy, 1866-7.

  • Professional Experience:

    Asst. prof, class. & math. & librarian Haverford Coll., 1863-5; prof. Gk. & Germ. Swarthmore Coll., 1869-70; tutor Lat. Harvard, 1870-3; asst. prof, to prof. Lat., 1873-1901; Pope prof. Lat., 1901-4; dean coll. fac, 1882-90; dean Harvard Coll. 1890-1; dean fac. arts & sci., 1898-1902; dir. ASCSR, 1897-8; pres. APA, 1898-9.

  • Publications:

    "Virgil's Instructions for Ploughing, Fallowing, and the Rotation of Crops," AJP 2 (1881) 425-45; "On 'egregium publicum' (Tacitus Annales 3.70.4)," HSCP 1 (1890) 107-10; "Catullus and the Phasellus of His Fourth Poem," HSCP 3 (1892) 75-89; "Cicero's Journey into Exile," HSCP 7 (1896) 65-84; Horace. The Odes and Epodes; The Satires and Epistles (Boston, 1898; 2d ed., 1903); Bibliography of Editions of the Odes and Epodes of Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Boston, 1901); "A Preliminary Study of Certain MSS. of Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars," Part I, HSCP 12 (1901) 19-58, Part II, 16 (1905) 1-14; A Boy to Educate (Boston, 1943).

    Papers: Papers 1850-1905 at Harvard archives.
  • Notes:

    Clement L. Smith's father, an influential member of the Pennsylvania legislature, encouraged his son to enter the business world, but he soon developed a distaste for commerce and enrolled at Harvard for a second undergraduate degree. In 1865 he resigned his Haverford post to travel and study in Europe, where he studied with Ernst Curtius, Hermann Sauppe, Wieseler, and von Leutsch. He published relatively little, but distinguished himself for two decades as a Harvard administrator. He actively supported the foundation of Radcliffe, and when he lay ill before his death, he was regularly serenaded at his bedside by the Radcliffe Chorus. His chief scholarly contribution may be his general editorship with Tracy Peck of Yale of the "College Series of Latin Authors." He was known for his fairness and sound judgment, and, in the debate on entrance requirements, he was a solid proponent of the humanities.

  • Sources:

    NatCAB 7:163-4; NYTimes (2 July 1909) 7; WhAm 1:1139.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.