Francis Henney Smith was born 18 October 1812, the son of Francis Smith and Ann Marsden Smith, of Norfolk, Va. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1833. He served as professor of mathematics at Hampden-Sydney College. In 1839, he became principal professor and after 1840, superintendant of Virginia Military Institute, a position he held until 1889. Smith died in 1890. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Francis Henney Smith.