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Smart, William James
1895-1961; e.m. 1919

Born in 1895 at Kingswood, Bristol, he was educated at Kingswood School and Reading University. He entered the PM. ministry after serving in the Great War. His literary output of over a dozen titles, some of which were translated into German Norwegian and Swedish, to some extent reflected his itinerancy. From 1930 to 1945, while serving in London Mission circuits, he wrote Christ on the Thames Embankment (London, 1935), Christ and the Homeless Poor (London, 1938) and Christ in Mighty London (1940). From 1945 to 1949 when he was in the Wye Valley Mission, Where Wye and Severn Flow (London, 1949) was published. In later years he tended to concentrate on brief biographical compilations of religious figures, including Six Mighty Men (London, 1956) and Profiles in Christian Commitment (Cleveland & New York, 1961), which was the American edition of Miracles of Achievement (London, 1961). He superannuated in 1956 and in 1958 was given 'permission to reside abroad'. He resigned from the British ministry on going to live in the USA in 1959.

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