Smith, Harriet Frances (1870–1958)

By: Elizabeth Oliphant and Aline Law

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: June 1, 1995

Harriet Frances Smith, geographer, was born on November 7, 1870, in Huntsville, Texas, the daughter of John Lyle and Sarah (Murray) Smith. She received a diploma from Sam Houston Normal Institute (now Sam Houston State University) and the New England Conservatory of Music, studied at the University of Chicago, Cornell University, and Clark University, and received a master's degree from George Peabody College for Teachers. She taught in Montgomery, Brownwood, Paris, and Huntsville, then was director of the music department at Texas Christian University when that institution was located in Waco. From 1914 to 1941 she taught geography at Sam Houston State Teachers College. She was the author, with Darthula Walker, of The Geography of Texas (1923) and contributed to the Grolier Society, Texas Outlook, and Journal of Geography. She was never married. She died on November 27, 1958, in Huntsville and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery there.

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