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Daniel B. Smith manuscripts


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Daniel B. Smith (1792-1883) was born in 1792. He was an educator and pharmacist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith was educated at Burlington Friends School under John Griscom, where he acquired an interest in scientific studies. He later was the apprentice to John Biddle in the apothecary business, and on completion he was admitted to partnership. In 1819, he opened a drugstore in downtown Philadelphia, and in 1828, he entered into partnership with William Hodgson, renaming the firm "Smith & Hodgson", and continued to be active in business until a few years before his death. At the age of 28, he was one of the founders of the Apprentices' Library of Philadelphia.

Smith was a member of a group of pharmacists that in 1821 established the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) the first college of pharmacy in the country, was elected vice-president in 1828, and from 1829 to 1854 served as president. In 1852, he became the first president of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He was also an original member of the Franklin Institute.

In 1824, Smith married Esther Morton, and the couple had three children: John, Benjamin, and Mary. Smith died in 1883.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of manuscripts written by Daniel B. Smith: "The History of the United States of North America" and "Ethics: Prepared for the Use of Haverford School."


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

"The History of the United States of North America", Undated. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript of Daniel B. Smith's "The History of the United States of North America." The volume includes chapters on: Geographic description, the Aboriginal inhabitants, the European discovery and settlement, the settlement and early history of Virginia, the New Netherlands, First explorations and settlements of the Hollanders, The English Conquest, New France, the Northern or Plymouth Colony, the primitive settlements, the Puritan Domination, the relaxation of the Rule, the extension of the settlements, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine, the Red Men of New England, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Southern Colonies, the Spanish and French explorations, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, the Struggle from Supremacy, the French and Indian Wars, the Six Nations, the Struggle for Colonial Rights, American liberty indigenous to the Soil, New England resits arbitrary Rule, Attempts to form a Colonial Alliance, the Ministry attempts taxation, and the Progress and Internal Relations of the Colonies.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.

"Ethics: Prepared for the Use of Haverford School", 1842. 04 linear ft..
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This manuscript explores ethical concerns, and includes chapters on: Influence of Duty on Patriotism, Necessity of Strict Self Examination, the Influence of Example, The Participation in the Evil Actions of Others, Duties Growing out of National Injustice, Slavery, the Love of Justice, Candour of Opinion, On Benevolence of Manner, The Commerce of Speculation, The Credit System, Evil Effects of there Fluctuations on Public Morals, Evil Consequences of Complete Success in the Pursuit of Wealth, The View of Gambling, Saw of Duty in Regard to Intellectual Cultivation, Law of Duty in Relation to Political Affairs, An Unarmed Nation able to Maintain Public Peace & Authority, Duties to the Poor, Duties to the Criminal, The True Spirit of Christian Philanthropy, Duties to Religious Societies, Duties of Religious Societies--Education, and The Religious Society of Friends.

Physical Description

0.04 linear ft.

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