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Samuel White Small
Captain (Chaplain), United States Army
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Samuel White Small was born at Knoxville, Tennessee, on 3 July 1851.  He served for a time as a secretary to then-Senator Andrew Johnson.  He was also a newspaper reporter before being converted to the church.  During the Spanish-American War, he served as Captain (Chaplain) of the 3rd United States Volunteer Engineers and subsequently as Chaplain-in-Chief of the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War.  He died on 21 November 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

SW Small Portrait



A popular writer for the Atlanta Constitution, Samuel White Small was converted from a life of dissipation at a Sam Jones Meeting which he was assigned to cover for that newspaper (here pictured at age thirty-seven in 1888). He immediately distributed a message over Atlanta inviting all to the steps of Atlanta City Hall where most a most important news item would be announced. There he told of his conversion and of his dedication to sobriety and gospel service.

He became very popular with Sam as a co-evangelist. Sam Small was asked (around 1927, when he was seventy-six) to write a mission statement and statement of faith for the new college being built by Bob Jones, Sr. (who then was thirty-nine). Though some have pressed for the inclusion of Dispensationalism,  not a word has been changed from Sam Small's inscription , written, immediately, upon Bob Jones Sr.'s request, on the back of an envelope. Hundreds of times a year, that Creed is repeated in the Chapel and Worship services of Bob Jones University.


Washington, D.C., [Thursday] November 29, 1877.óI came over the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad last night from Raleigh to Weldon, where we crossed the [Roanoke] river by a ferry as the bridges were down. I met Sam W. Small [Samuel White Small] on the train. "Old Si" of the Atlanta Constitution, the leading paper of the South.

He was Andrew Johnsonís private secretary, while Senator [1875], and now has Johnsonís private papers. He was 27 years of age, and intelligent, active and quite a self-satisfied young man. (He afterwards became a famous revivalist.)


SMALL, SAMUEL W
CAPT CHAPLAIN 3RD U S VOL ENGR
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 11/21/1931
DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/25/1931
BURIED AT: SECTION SOUTH  SITE 4177-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 17 April 2004  Updated: 3 October 2004 Updated: 6 November 2005 Updated: 12 November 2007

 
 

SW Small Gravesite PHOTO April 2004
Photo By M. R. Patteson, 23 April 2004