James S. Smith (U.S. 1871 - 1872)

James S. Smith was born in Charleston, SC. 2/26/1825 - the fourth of 7 children of freed blacks parents. He and his family arrived in Liberia 1833; His parents died of malaria one year later. After working with a white doctor of the ACS, Smith returned to the U.S to study medicine at the Univ. of Vermont College of Med. He transferred to Berkshire Med Ctr. in Pittsfield, MA - received his medical degree 1848. First African Am. to receive a 'Medical degree'.