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Benjamin Eli Smith, L.H.D. (1857-1913) was an American editor, son of Eli Smith, born at Beirut, Ottoman Empire (now Beirut, Lebanon). He graduated at Amherst College (A.B., 1877; A.M., 1881), which gave him the degree of L.H.D. in 1902. He was managing editor of the first edition of the Century Dictionary, and editor-in-chief of the revised edition after the death of editor William Dwight Whitney in 1894. As editor he was responsible also for the Century Cyclopedia of Names (1894), the Century Atlas (1897), the two-volume Century Dictionary Supplement (1909), and the revised and enlarged Century Dictionary, Cyclopedia, and Atlas (twelve volumes, 1911). Additionally, he translated Schwegler's History of Philosophy and Cicero's De Amicitia, and edited selections from other works.

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