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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1785; Rhode Island, 1790; New York City, New York, 1800-1810.
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). —

Born 1758? in Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland; graduate King's College, Aberdeen, 1774; ordained deacon, 1778, and priest, 1780; immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1785; in Rhode Island, 1790; in New York, 1800; author and composer; built small organs 1800-1810 in New York City. Smith died April 6, 1821, in New York City, New York.


  • Keraulophon 14:2 (New York Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, January 1983), 1.
  • New Grove Dictionary of American Music

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Database Specs:

  • 2 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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