Uriah Smith, (1832-1903). Editor, administrator, preacher, prophetic expositor, professor, poet, inventor, and artist-engraver.
Smith was born in New Hampshire, and accepted the message of Sabbatarian Adventism after hearing James and Ellen White in 1852. He
joined the Whites in their publishing of The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald after their move to Rochester, NY, becoming editor at
age 23 when the periodical moved to Battle Creek, Michigan the fall of 1855. He remained until 1897 in this position with little interruption,
assisting James White until his death in 1881, and then taking full charge as editor. Smith authored 20 books and approximately 4000
editorials, impacting the church over that span of time. He served 13 years as editor with James White of the Signs of the Times published
Smith’s separate books on Daniel and Revelation were combined in 1882 as Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation, received
a strong endorsement by Ellen White, and remain his best-known work.
Smith’s case provides a classic example of a talented worker who
at times needed reproving, but could easily become discouraged over reproof. Ellen White with her long history of working with him
from the early years would gently attempt to carry out her work as messenger in giving him wise, encouraging, and clear counsel. In
spite of his weaknesses, and in context of the broader issues shaking the foundations of the church toward the end of the 1800s, she
specifically stated that it was God’s plan that he remain Review editor to the end of his life. One area of counsel he struggled with,
partly due to his artificial leg and partly to his love of writing, was to balance his desk work with physical exercise. Ellen White’s
desire to lengthen his productive years was more successful than her effort with her own husband. Smith died of a stroke at age 70
while walking to the Review and Herald Publishing House.