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Hannah Tatum Whitall Smith (Whitall)

Born: 1832 AD
Died: 1911 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors


1832 - Born in Philadelphia on the 7th of February.

1851 - On the 5th of November, Hannah married Robert Pearsall Smith, a man who also descended from a long line of prominent Quakers in the region.

1858 - Adopted the Wesleyan doctrine of sanctification. They were also influenced by William E. Boardman, who wrote The Higher Christian Life.

1864-1868 - Robert and Hannah Smith lived in Millville, New Jersey. Robert managed Hannah’s father’s business, the Whitall, Tatum & Company glass factories.

1873-1874 - They spoke at various places in England, including Oxford, teaching on the subjects of the “higher life” and “holiness.”

         - Hannah helped found the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

         - The Smiths traveled to the German Empire and Switzerland, where they preached in several major cities.

1875 - They returned to England and conducted meetings in Brighton.

         - Hannah Whitall Smith’s book The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life is an extremely popular book of Christian mysticism and practical Holiness theology.

1888 - The Smith family moved to England because their daughter Mary married an English barrister, Frank Costelloe. They eventually divorced, and Mary then married the critic Bernard Berenson.

1911 - Hannah Whitall Smith died in England on the 1st of May.


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