James H. Smylie

Dr. James H. Smylie

Address6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, ON

Professor Emeritus of Church History, Presbyterian School of Christian Education

B.A., Washington University, St. Louis, 1946
B.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1949
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1950
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1958

He was born in 1925 in Huntington, W. Va., where his father was pastor of Second Church. He was educated at Washington University, St. Louis, B.A., 1946; and at Princeton Theological Seminary, B.D., 1949, Th.M., 1950, and Ph.D., 1958. He served as assistant minister, First Church, St. Louis, 1950-1952, where he met Elizabeth Roblee in the summer of 1950. They were married in that church in November 1951. Then they moved to Princeton Theological Seminary where Jim taught during and beyond his years of doctoral study, 1952-1962.
He began his service at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union/PSCE) as a Visiting Professor of Church History in 1962. He delivered his inaugural address as Professor of American Church History in Schauffler Hall, the precursor of this building, the Morton Library, in 1968. He was named to the Ernest Trice Thompson Chair of Church History in 1986, and he retired from that position in 1996.

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