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John Smith

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Gender Male
Death391 years ago
Born Willoughby
United Kingdom
Date of died June 21,1631
United Kingdom
Known for Jamestown
Parents Alice Smith
Job Author
military personnel
Date of birth January 6,1580
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Known forHelping to establish and govern the Jamestown colony
Rest placeSt Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London
Baptiz1580-01-06 00:00:00
SpouseToni Donaldson
Sportfolkstyle, wrestling
Siblings Pat Smith
Children Joe Smith
Played by Zachary Quinto
Rufus Sewell
Movies/Shows Hitman: Agent 47
The Man in the High Castle
Servicebranch United States Marine Corps
Year of servic1936–1960
Awards Air Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
BooksThe Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles
A Description of New England
Capt. John Smith
The Journals of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Biography
Date of Reg.
Date of Upd.
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John Smith Life story

John Smith was an English soldier, explorer, colonial governor, Admiral of New England, and author. He played an important role in the establishment of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America, in the early 17th century.

John Smith is a common personal name. It is also commonly used as a placeholder name and pseudonym, and is sometimes used in the United States and the United Kingdom as a term for an average person. It may refer to:


In chronological order.


John Smith (anatomist and chemist) (1721–1797), professor of anatomy and chemistry at the University of Oxford, 1766–1797

John Blair Smith (1764–1799), president of Union College, New York

John Smith (Cambridge, 1766), vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, 1766 until 1767

John Smith (astronomer) (1711–1795), Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Master of Caius

John Smith (lexicographer) (died 1809), professor of languages at Dartmouth College

John Augustine Smith (1782–1865), president of the College of William and Mary, 1814–1826

John Smith (botanist) (1798–1888), curator of Kew Gardens

John Smith (physician) (c.1800–1879), Scottish physician specialising in treating the insane

John Alexander Smith (physician) (1818–1883), Scottish physician, antiquarian, archaeologist and ornithologist

J. Lawrence Smith (1818–1883), American doctor and chemist

John Smith (dentist) (1825–1910), founder of Edinburgh's School of Dentistry

John Campbell Smith (1828–1914), Scottish writer, advocate and Sheriff-Substitute of Forfarshire

John Donnell Smith (1829–1928), biologist and taxonomist

John McGarvie Smith (1844–1918), Australian metallurgist and bacteriologist

John Bernhardt Smith (1858–1912), American entomologist

John Alexander Smith (1863–1939), British Idealist philosopher

John Maynard Smith (1920–2004), geneticist

John Cyril Smith (1922–2003), leading authority on English criminal law

John Derek Smith (1924–2003), Cambridge molecular biologist

John Smith (sociologist) (1927–2002), English sociologist

John D. Smith (born 1946), indologist at the University of Cambridge

John H. Smith (mathematician), Boston College educator (retired 2005)

John E. Sharwood Smith, English professor of classics

John Edwin Smith, American philosopher

John Merlin Powis Smith, English-born, American orientalist and biblical scholar


John Smith (engraver) (1652–1742), English mezzotint engraver

John Smith (English poet) (1662–1717), English poet and playwright

John Christopher Smith (1712–1795), English composer

John Warwick Smith (1749–1831), British watercolour landscape painter and illustrator

John Stafford Smith (1750–1836), composer of the tune for "The Star-Spangled Banner"

John Raphael Smith (1751–1812), English mezzotint engraver and painter

John Thomas Smith (engraver) (1766–1833), draughtsman, engraver and antiquarian

John Smith (clockmaker) (1770–1816), Scottish clockmaker

John Rubens Smith (1775–1849), London-born painter, printmaker and art instructor who worked in the United States

John Smith (architect) (1781–1852), Scottish architect

John Smith (art historian) (1781–1855), British art dealer

John Orrin Smith (1799–1843), English wood engraver

John Frederick Smith (1806–1890), English novelist

John Rowson Smith (1810–1864), American panorama painter

John Kelday Smith (1834–1889), Scottish bellhanger and songwriter

John G. Smith (poet) (died 1891), Scottish poet

John Moyr Smith (1839–1912), British artist and designer

John Berryman (1914–1972), originally John Allyn Smith, American poet

John Smith (Canadian poet) (born 1927), Canadian poet

John Smith (actor) (1931–1995), American actor

John N. Smith (born 1943), Canadian film director and screenwriter

John Smith (English filmmaker) (born 1952), avant-garde filmmaker

John Warner Smith (born 1952), American poet and educator

John F. Smith, American soap opera writer and producer

John Smith (comics writer) (born 1967), British comics writer

John Smith (musician), English contemporary folk musician and recording artist

John F. Smith (musician) (born 1950), British musician and trade unionist

John Smith (comedian), British comedian, actor and performer


John K. Smith (died 1845), founder of SmithKline as in GlaxoSmithKline, the leading pharmaceutical business

John Russell Smith (1810–1894), English bookseller and bibliographer

John J. Smith (1820–1906), African-American abolitionist, Underground Railroad contributor and politician

John Smith (brewer) (1824–1879), Tadcaster brewery founder in North Yorkshire, UK

John L. Smith (pharmaceutical executive) (1889–1950), German-born American chemist, pharmaceutical executive and Major League Baseball team owner

John F. Smith Jr. (born 1938), former chairman and chief executive officer, General Motors

John Smith (executive) (born 1957), former chief executive officer, BBC Worldwide Ltd


John Smith (housebreaker) (1661–after 1727), London housebreaker who evaded hanging thrice and was eventually transported to Virginia

John Smith (died 1835) (1795–1835), one of the last two Englishmen who were hanged for sodomy in 1835

John Eldon Smith (1930–1983), convicted of the murders of Ronald and Juanita Akins

John Smith (murderer) (born 1951), American convicted murderer who killed his first and second wives


John Gordon Smith (surgeon) (1792–1833), Scottish surgeon and professor of medical jurisprudence

John Sidney Smith (legal writer) (1804–1871), English legal writer

John William Smith (legal writer) (1809–1845), English barrister and legal writer

John Smalman Smith, (1847-1914) British judge in the Colony of Lagos

John Lewis Smith Jr. (1912–1992), United States federal judge

John Smith (police officer) (born 1938), British police officer, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, 1991–1995


John Smith (banneret) (1616–1644), Englishman who supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War

John Smith (British Army officer, born 1754) (1754–1837), soldier in the American Revolutionary War

John Smith (naval officer) (1780–1815), United States Navy officer, who served during the First Barbary War and later in the War of 1812

Frederick Smith (British Army officer, born 1790) (John Mark Frederick Smith, 1790–1874), British general and colonel-commandant of the Royal Engineers

John Smith (sergeant) (1814–1864), soldier in the Bengal Sappers and Miners, and Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross recipient

John E. Smith (1816–1897), Swiss emigrant, Union general during the Civil War

John Smith (private) (1822–1866), soldier in the 1st Madras (European) Fusiliers and Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross recipient

John Smith (Medal of Honor, born 1826) (1826–1907), American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient

John Smith (Medal of Honor, born 1831) (1831–?), American Civil War sailor and Medal of Honor recipient

John Smith (Medal of Honor, born 1854) (1854–?), United States Navy sailor and Medal of Honor recipient

John Manners Smith (1864–1920), recipient of the Victoria Cross

John Smith (flying ace) (1914–1972), United States Marine Corps flying ace and Medal of Honor recipient



John Smith (Victoria politician) (John Thomas Smith, 1816–1879), Mayor of Melbourne

John Smith (New South Wales politician, born 1811) (1811–1895), pastoralist and member of the New South Wales Legislative Council

John Smith (New South Wales politician, born 1821) (1821–1885), Scottish/Australian professor and member of the New South Wales Legislative Council

John Samuel Smith (1841–1882), pastoralist and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (Wellington)

John Gordon Smith (politician) (1863–1921), member of the Queensland Legislative Council

John Henry Smith (politician) (1881–1953), member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia


John David Smith (1786–1849), businessman and political figure in Upper Canada

John Smith, 1800s Cree Chief and Treaty Six signatory; founder of the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan

John Shuter Smith (c. 1813–1871), lawyer and political figure in Canada West

John Smith (Kent MPP), member of the 1st Ontario Legislative Assembly, 1867–1871

John Smith (Manitoba politician) (1817–1889), English-born farmer and politician in Manitoba

John Smith (Peel MPP) (1831–1909), Scottish-born Ontario businessman and political figure

John Smith (Ontario MP) (1894–1977), member of Canadian House of Commons, Lincoln electoral district

Jack Smith (politician) (John Eachern Smith, 1901–1967), Canadian politician and newspaper editor

John James Smith (1912–1987), member of Canadian House of Commons, Moose Mountain, Saskatchewan electoral district

John Donald Smith (1919–1997), Canadian politician in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

John Roxburgh Smith (1938–2018), Canadian politician in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

John W. Y. Smith, member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick

United Kingdom

John Smith alias Dyer (1498/99–1571), member of parliament (MP) for Ipswich

John Smith (High Sheriff of Kent) (1557–1608), MP for Aylesbury and Hythe

John Smith (steward of Berkeley) (1567–1640), English genealogical antiquary and politician who sat in the House of Commons, 1621–1622

Sir John Smith of Grothill (c. 1600 – c. 1675), 17th-century Scottish landowner, merchant and Lord Provost of Edinburgh

John Smith (Cavalier, born 1608) (1608–1657), English politician who sat in the House of Commons, 1640–1644

John Smith (Chancellor of the Exchequer) (1655/56–1723), English Chancellor of the Exchequer and Speaker of the House of Commons, 1705–1708

John Smith (judge) (1657–1726), Justice of Common Pleas in Ireland until 1702, then Baron of the Exchequer

John Smith (Bath MP) (1727–1775), MP for Bath

John Smith (Deputy Governor of Anguilla) (died 1776), Deputy Governor of Anguilla

John Smith (Wendover MP) (1767–1842), member of Parliament for Wendover

John Hilary Smith (born 1928), colonial governor and administrator

John Spencer Smith (1769–1845), British diplomat, politician and writer

John Benjamin Smith (1796–1879), British Liberal MP for Stirling Burghs 1847–1852 and Stockport 1852–1874

John Abel Smith (1802–1871), British Member of Parliament for Chichester and Midhurst

John Smith (Conservative politician) (1923–2007), MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, founded the Landmark Trust

John Smith, Baron Kirkhill (born 1930), life peer in the House of Lords

John Smith (Labour Party leader) (1938–1994), leader of the British Labour Party

John Smith (Welsh politician) (born 1951), Welsh politician and Labour Party member of Parliament

United States

John Smith (explorer) (1580–1631), helped found the Virginia Colony and became Colonial Governor of Virginia

John Smith (President of Rhode Island) (died 1663), colonial president (governor) of Rhode Island

John Smith (Virginia burgess) (1620–1663), Virginia colonial politician

John Smith (Ohio politician, died 1824) (c. 1735–1824), United States senator from Ohio

John Smith (Virginia representative) (1750–1836), United States representative from Virginia's 3rd Congressional District

John Smith (New York politician, born 1752) (1752–1816), United States senator from New York

John Cotton Smith (1765–1845), eighth Governor of Connecticut

John Smith (Vermont politician) (1789–1858), United States representative from Vermont's 4th Congressional District

John William Smith (politician) (1792–1845), Texas political figure and mayor of San Antonio, Texas

John Speed Smith (1792–1854), United States representative from Kentucky

John T. Smith (congressman) (1801–1864), United States representative from Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District, 1843–1845

John B. Smith (Wisconsin politician) (1811–1879), Wisconsin politician

John Derby Smith (1812–1884), minister, physician, and Massachusetts state legislator

J. Lawrence Smith (New York politician) (1816–1889), New York lawyer, assemblyman, district attorney, county judge

J. Gregory Smith (1818–1891), governor of Vermont

John Armstrong Smith (1814–1892), United States representative from Ohio

John Hugh Smith (1819–1870), three-time mayor of Nashville, Tennessee between 1845 and 1865

J. Hyatt Smith (1824–1886), United States representative from New York's 3rd Congressional District

John Quincy Smith (1824–1901), United States representative from Ohio's 3rd Congressional District

John Lyman Smith (1828–1898), member of the 2nd Utah Territorial Legislature

John Y. T. Smith (1831–1903), three time member of Arizona Territorial Legislature

John C. Smith (politician) (1832–1910), Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

John Montgomery Smith (1834–1903), Wisconsin politician

John B. Smith (Washington politician) (1837–1917), Canadian-born American politician in the state of Washington

John Butler Smith (1838–1914), 52nd Governor of New Hampshire

John E. Smith (New York politician) (1843–1907), New York politician

John Day Smith (1845-1933) Minnesota politician, lawyer, and judge

John Walter Smith (1845–1925), 44th Governor of Maryland

John Ambler Smith (1847–1892), United States representative from Virginia

John Peter Smith (1848–?), mayor of Missoula, Montana

John M. C. Smith (1853–1923), United States representative from Michigan's 3rd Congressional District

J. H. Smith (mayor) (1858–1956), mayor of Everett, Washington and co-founder of Anchorage, Alaska

John M. Smith (politician, born 1872) (1872–1947), American businessman and politician

John W. Smith (Detroit mayor) (1882–1942), politician from Detroit

John Lee Smith (1894–1963), Lieutenant Governor of Texas

John R. Smith (agriculture commissioner) (fl. 1898–1899), North Carolina politician

J. Joseph Smith (1904–1980), United States representative from Connecticut and Federal judge

J. Clay Smith Jr. (1942–2018), American lawyer and educator

John Arthur Smith (born 1942), Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate

John R. Smith (politician, born 1945), Louisiana state senator

John Robert Smith, mayor of Meridian, Mississippi

John Smith (Washington politician) (born 1973), American politician of the Republican Party

John A. Smith (Mississippi politician) (1847–?), American state senator in Mississippi

John P. Smith, general superintendent of the Long Island State Park Commission

John Smith (Maine politician), mayor of Saco, Maine

Other countries

John Hope Smith (c. 1787–1831), governor of colonial Ghana, 1817–22

J. Valentine Smith (John Valentine Smith, 1824–1895), New Zealand politician


John Smith (bishop of Llandaff) (died 1479), Welsh bishop

John Smith (Platonist) (1618–1652), one of the founders of the Cambridge Platonists

John Smith (bishop of Killala and Achonry) (died 1680), Irish Anglican priest

John Smith (Unitarian) (fl. 1648–1727), Unitarian writer

John Smith (priest, born 1659) (1659–1715), English editor of Bede

John Smith (uncle of Joseph Smith) (1781–1854), Presiding Patriarch and member of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

John Smith (Restoration Movement) (1784–1868), early Restoration Movement leader

John Smith (missionary) (1790–1824), English missionary in Demerara

John Smith (priest, born 1799) (1799–1870), first person to transcribe the Diary of Samuel Pepys

John Smith (nephew of Joseph Smith) (1832–1911), Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

John Henry Smith (1848–1911), apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

John Smith (moderator) (1854-1927), moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1922

John Taylor Smith (1860–1938), Anglican bishop of Sierra Leone

John Smith (archdeacon of Llandaff), Welsh Anglican priest

John Smith (archdeacon of Wiltshire) (1933–2000), Anglican priest

John M. Smith (bishop) (1935–2019), American Roman Catholic bishop

John H. Smith (bishop) (1939–2012), American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, 1989–1999

John Smith (God's Squad) (died 2019), Australian founder of the God's Squad motorcycle club


American football

John "Clipper" Smith (1904–1973), American football player and coach

John Smith (tackle), American football tackle

John L. Smith (born 1948), American college football coach

John Smith (placekicker) (born 1949), former New England Patriots kicker

John Smith (running back) (born 1954), former American football running back

J. T. Smith (American football) (John Thomas Smith, born 1955), former professional American football player

JuJu Smith-Schuster (John Smith-Schuster, born 1996), American football wide receiver

Association football

John Smith (sportsman, born 1855) (1855–1934), Scottish footballer and rugby union player

John Smith (footballer, born 1865) (1865–1911), Scottish footballer who played as a striker

Jack Smith (footballer, born 1898) (John William Smith, 1898–1977), English international footballer, played for South Shields and Portsmouth

John Smith (footballer, born 1898) (1898–?), Scottish footballer (Ayr United, Middlesbrough, Scotland)

John Richard Smith (footballer, born 1898) (1898–1986), English footballer

John Smith (footballer, born 1901), English footballer for Bradford City and Blackburn Rovers

John Smith (inside-left), English footballer 1932–33

John Smith (1930s footballer), footballer of the 1930s for (Gillingham)

Ted Smith (footballer, born 1914) (1914–1989), English football player and manager (birth name John Edward Smith)

John Smith (football chairman) (1920–1995), chairman of Liverpool (1973–90)

John Smith (footballer, born 1921) (born 1921), English footballer

John Smith (footballer, born 1927) (1927–2000), English footballer (Liverpool)

John Smith (footballer, born 1939) (1939–1988), West Ham United

John Smith (footballer, born 1944), Welsh footballer (Wrexham)

John Smith (footballer, born 1970), football full back (Tranmere Rovers)

John Smith (footballer, born 1971), English retired football striker


John Smith (shortstop), shortstop, 1873–75

John Smith (1880s first baseman) (1858–1899), first baseman in 1882

Phenomenal Smith (John Francis Smith, 1864–1952), American baseball pitcher and manager

John Smith (1930s first baseman) (1906–1982), first baseman in 1931

John G. Smith (coach) (1924–1998), American college baseball, football and basketball coach

Ford Smith (John Ford Smith, 1919–1983), American Negro leagues pitcher


John Smith (basketball, born 1944), former American basketball player known for his American Basketball Association career

John Smith (basketball coach) (born 1969), American college basketball coach

John Smith (basketball, born 1984), former American basketball player best known for his college career at Winona State University


John Smith (Sheffield cricketer) (fl. 1845), English cricketer

John Smith (cricketer, born 1833) (1833–1909), Lancashire and Yorkshire cricketer

John Smith (cricketer, born 1835) (1835–1889), English cricketer

John Smith (Derbyshire cricketer) (1841–1898), English cricketer, played for Derbyshire

John Smith (cricketer, born 1843) (1843–1873), English cricketer, played for Cambridgeshire 1863–72

John Smith (cricketer, born 1882) (1882–1959), English cricketer, played for Leicestershire 1921

John Smith (cricketer, born 1919) (1919–1999), New Zealand cricketer

John Smith (cricketer, born 1924) (1924–1991), English cricketer, played for Leicestershire 1950–1955

John Smith (cricketer, born 1936) (1936-2020), Australian cricketer

John Smith (New Zealand cricketer) (born 1960), New Zealand cricketer also known as Campbell Smith


John Sidney Smith (rugby union) (1860–?), Wales rugby union international

Johnny Smith (rugby union) (1922–1974), New Zealand rugby player, baker, soldier, and sportsman

John Smith (rugby league) (fl. 1975–1980), New Zealand international

J. V. Smith (John Vincent Smith, 1926–2021), English rugby player and RFU president

Other sports

John Smith (Canadian rower) (1899–1973), Canadian rower at the 1924 Olympics

John Smith (Australian footballer) (born 1933), footballer for St Kilda

John Smith (Zambian wrestler) (born 1942), Zambian freestyle wrestler at the 1964 Olympics

John Smith (sprinter) (born 1950), former American sprint athlete and now coach

John Smith (American wrestler) (born 1965), American wrestler, two-time Olympic gold medalist

J.T. Smith (wrestler) (born 1967), American professional wrestler

John Smith (South African rower) (born 1990), South African rower at the 2012 Olympics

John Suttie Smith (1905–1975), Scottish Olympic runner


Sir John Smith, 1st Baronet (1744–1807), baronet

John Kilby Smith (1752–1842), public servant from New England

John Smith (Chippewa Indian) (died 1922), reputed to have died at the age of 137

John Chaloner Smith (1827–1895), Irish civil engineer and writer on mezzotints

John Brown Smith (1837–?), American author, shorthand developer, utopianist, tax resister

John Baptist Smith (1843–1923), invented and helped build a lantern system of naval signaling

J. E. Smith (c. 1862/1863–1912), English trade union leader

John Chabot Smith (1915–2002), American journalist and author

John Douglas Smith (born 1966), sound editor

John Henry Smith (reporter), American sports journalist

John Smith (abolitionist), American industrialist and abolitionist

Fictional characters

Ranger Smith (John Francis Smith), a park ranger in Yogi Bear cartoons

J. Wesley Smith, a character in cartoons of Burr Shafer (1899–1965)

John Smith (Kyon), Kyon's alias in the novels and animations of the Haruhi Suzumiya series

John "Hannibal" Smith, a character in The A-Team

John Smith, the human identity of Red Tornado, a fictional superhero appearing in DC Comics

John Smith, also known as "Number Four", the protagonist of the young adult novel I Am Number Four

John Smith, the protagonist played by Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing (1996 film)

John Smith, the protagonist played by Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith

John Smith (Doctor Who), an alias of the Doctor in Doctor Who media.

John Smith (Jericho), a character in the TV series Jericho

Agent Smith, also known as John Smith, the main villain in The Matrix franchise.

John Smith, a Nazi SS-Obergruppenführer in the television series The Man in the High Castle, not appearing in the novel of the same name.

John Smith, the main villain played by Zachary Quinto, in the movie Hitman: Agent 47

Johnny Smith (Dead Zone), main character Stephen King's novel The Dead Zone and its subsequent adaptations

See also

Joe Bloggs

John Doe

Sir John Smith (disambiguation)

John Smyth (disambiguation)

John Smythe (disambiguation)

Johnny Smith (disambiguation)

Jack Smith (disambiguation)

Jonathan Smith (disambiguation)

Jan Smit (disambiguation)

John Smit (born 1978), South African rugby player

Juan Smith (born 1981), South African rugby player

John Smith's Brewery, a brewery founded in 1758 by John Smith at Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, England

John Smith & Son, Glasgow-based bookseller

Ode to J. Smith, the Travis album written about John Smith, the unknown everyday man

Johann Schmidt (disambiguation)

Smith of Derby Group, group of clockmaking companies including John Smith & Sons


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