van der Smissen Family

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van der Smissen Family

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The van der Smissens were Germans of Netherlandish origins. One of the family, Henry van der Smisson, emigrated to Canada in 1833. His Toronto-born son, William Henry van der Smisson, was a professor of German at the University of Toronto beginning in 1892, and at the time was regarded as the chief authority of German in Ontario. He also filled the positions of Registrar and Librarian for seventeen years at the university.


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Van der Smissen, William Henry (1844-1929)

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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