Roy Clark Smith

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
December 4, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume II
pg 93

Roy Clark Smith. Few figures are better known in the educational profession
of Monongalia County than Roy Clark Smith, who since 1913 has been
superintendent of the public schools of Morgantown. Identified with
educational work since the beginning of his career, he has been located at
Morgantown since 1909, constantly filling places of trust and responsibility,
and during this time has impressed himself upon the life and institutions of
the community in a manner alike creditable to himself and productive of
lasting benefit to the city.

Mr. Smith was born at Cambridge, Maryland, December 4, 1883, and is of
English-French-Irish stock, being descended from three of the oldest families
of Maryland, the Smiths, Harpers and Clarks. His grandfather, Henry Smith, a
native of Maryland, married Martha Harper, a daughter of Edward Harper, who
was an extensive landholder of Dorchester County, Maryland, owning land which
came to the Harper family by grant directly from Lord Baltimore. He married
Miss Beauchamp, who was born in France. The father of Roy C. Smith was
Marcus H. Smith, who was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, in July 1857,
and was in early life a farmer, later a mill owner and operator at Denton,
and finally a merchant at that place. He married Sarah Matilda Clark, who
was born in Caroline County, Maryland, in December, 1861, a daughter of John
W. Clark, who at the time of his death in 1899 was probably the largest land
holder in Caroline County.

Roy Clark Smith was born at Cambridge, Maryland, December 4, 1883, and
secured his primary education in the public schools of Denton, Caroline
County, Maryland. Graduating from the high school at that place in 1902, he
entered the Western Maryland College, from which he was graduated as a
Bachelor of Arts in 1906. At that time he commenced teaching, but did not
give up his studies, as later he was graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania, class of 1911, with his Master of Arts degree, and in 1916 he
took post-graduate work at Columbia University.

Mr. Smith entered public school work as principal of the schools of Preston,
Maryland, and next became teacher of mathematics and history at Friends
Academy, Long Island, New York, in the fall of 1907. In 1908 he was head of
the department of mathematics of the Westchester (Pennsylvania) High School,
and in the fall of 1909 came to Morgantown to become principal of the high
school here. He continued to act in this capacity until elected
superintendent of city schools in the fall of 1913, and has occupied that
position ever since. Superintendent Smith has made education and
organization and direction of educational activities his life work, and has
been remarkably successful. In almost every field of the work from the
primary to teaching classes in a university, from grade to superintendent of
schools, he has left the mark of an earnest student and apt instructor, an
intelligent organizer and a judicious director. In a professional way his
connections include membership in the West Virginia State Educational
Association and the department of superintendents of the National Educational
Association. Fraternally he is affiliated with Morgantown Union Lodge No. 4,
F. and A. M.; and Lodge of Perfection Rotary Club and the Morgantown Chamber
of Commerce, and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian Church.

On June 16, 1913, Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Charlotte Wade,
daughter of Clark Wade, of Monongalia County, and granddaughter of Alexander
Wade, one of the most prominent of West Virginia’s public school educators.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith have one son, Robert Wade, born June 5, 1918.