Charles Spencer Smith

Charles Spencer Smith (1852–1923) was a Methodist minister and afterwards bishop.

Smith was born in Canada. He was elected to the 1874 Alabama House of Representatives, during the Reconstruction period, but lost his seat in 1876.

In 1882, Smith founded the Sunday School Union of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the first steam printing business owned and run by an African American.

In 1900, Smith became a bishop of the A.M.E. church. In that capacity, he traveled through Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.

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