Who was WH Smith?

Who was WH Smith?

William Henry Smith, FRS (24 June 1825–6 October 1891) was an English bookseller and newsagent of the W. H. Smith family enterprise who enlarged the firm and pioneered the practice of selling books and newspapers at railway stations. He is best known for founding the chain of bookstores that bear his name.

He was born in London to a wealthy family. His father, also named William Henry Smith, worked as a banker and his mother came from a family of Dutch emigrants. When he was only nine years old, his father died and since there were no other children, he took over the business.

Smith started out by working long hours for little pay. Once he had saved up enough money, he would travel to continental Europe, where publishers held sales called "conversation tables" that allowed authors to sell and advance books before they were published. At these events, people would buy copies of upcoming books in order to be able to discuss them later with others. This was very important because not all books were alike: some were essays or poems that might not hold readers' interest for too long, while others were about new inventions or political movements that people wanted to know more about. The conversation tables made it possible for authors to find interested buyers and get paid before their books were officially released.

What does WH Smith stand for?

After their deaths, their youngest son, William Henry Smith, took over the business, which was valued in 1812 at PS1,280 (equivalent to PS85,882 in 2019), and in 1846, the firm became W. H. Smith & Son when his only son, also William Henry, became a partner. The company's name is an acronym of the names of its founders: "W. H." stands for William Henry, "S" is for Samuel, their father.

Today, WH Smith operates 538 stores across four continents. Its headquarters are in London, England.

It all began in 1848, when William Henry Smith opened a bookstore with his two partners in London's Oxford Street. It soon became clear that there was a demand for books outside of school holidays, so the company started selling magazines as well. In 1955, it launched its first foreign branch in France. Today, there are more than 538 stores around the world with plans to keep expanding.

In addition to books, magazines, and music products, WH Smith sells greeting cards, travel guides, toys, and food products such as coffee and tea. The company has even been known to sell people's discarded books and magazines!

Its famous lines are "Readers, books, and records...for everyone" and "Where books are read, ideas are spread".

Who was Hyrum Smith’s son?

Smith, Joseph F. Smith, John Sons of Hyrum Smith. The first three are accepted as true descendants of Hyrum Smith. The last is believed to be Joseph F. Smith, who succeeded his father as president of the church.

Hyrum Smith was born in 1805 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He received a liberal education and became an attorney at law. In 1923, he was called to be one of the first presidents of the church. He held this position for only six months before he was killed by a mob outside the city hall in Carthage, Illinois.

After President Smith's death, his brother Samuel W. Smith continued to live in Illinois until his death in 1844. After that, their nephew Joseph F. Smith came to live with his uncle Samuel and took over the management of the family business. In 1844, Joseph F. Smith was serving a mission for the church in New York when he was sent by his uncle to find a new home for the family after they were forced out of their house by the angry mobs. It was here that Joseph F. Smith met the requirements set forth by his uncle to become the next president of the church.

Who is Karl Smith?

Karl W. Smith is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He was formerly the Tax Foundation's vice president for federal policy and an assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina. In addition, he is a co-founder of the economics blog Modeled Behavior.

He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. He also has presented his work at conferences including the National Bureau of Economic Research and the American Finance Association.

His current research focuses on tax issues affecting families, particularly those with children. He has conducted research on topics such as earned income credits, child care expenses, dependent exemptions, retirement accounts, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, and disability benefits.

Smith received his BA in economics from Davidson College and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at UNC in 2004, he worked as a staff economist with the Joint Committee on Taxation. Prior to that, he served as director of research for the National Center for Education Statistics and as an instructor at the University of Michigan.

Smith has written two books: Who Gets the Most from Social Security? (Princeton University Press, 2012) and The Girls are All Right: Why Liberalism Works When You Have Kids (Crown, 2010).

About Article Author

Dennis Armstrong

Dennis Armstrong is a teacher who loves to read and write about science. He has published articles about the stars and the planets in our solar system, as well as the physics of locomotion on other planets.


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