Smith, Gipsy, 1860–1947, English evangelist, originally named Rodney Smith, b. Wanstead. His father, a Romani (Gypsy), was also an evangelist. When Rodney was still a youth he became a member of General Booth's Christian Mission of London, which later became the Salvation Army . However, his connection with the organization was severed in 1882. From 1883, Smith's evangelistic labors gradually extended throughout England and to Scotland, the United States, Australia, and South Africa. He was a special missioner (1897–1912) of the National Free Church Council and after World War I toured England for the Methodist Church. He wrote Gipsy Smith: His Life and Work (rev. ed. 1925).
See D. Lazell, From the Forest I Came (1970).
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