Eli Smith born Sept. 13, 1801 in Northfield, CT. to Eli and Polly (Whitney) Smith and died Jan. 11, 1857 in Beirut, Lebanon, was an American Protestant Missionary and scholar, born at Northford, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1821 and from Andover Theological Seminary in 1826. He worked in Malta until 1829, then in company with H. G. O. Dwight traveled through Armenia and Georgia to Persia. They published their observations, Missionary Researches in Armenia in 1833 in two volumes. Eli Smith settled in Beirut in 1833.