Associated Building(s): Playmakers Theatre;
Other Relationships: North Carolina Governor, State Senator, Federalist
Birthplace: Charles Town, South Carolina
Relationship(s) to University: Benefactor, Trustee
Era(s): Antebellum, Revolutionary
Latitude/Longitude: 32.785761, -79.937526
Benjamin Smith (1756 1826) was a Revolutionary War veteran, one of the original appointees to the UNC board of trustees, and the 16th Governor of North Carolina where he focused on reforming the states criminal codes and penitentiary system. Smith donated his payment for war service, 20,000 acres in Tennessee, to the new university system, making him the first donor to the new school.