Wilmot M. Smith ’74
Wilmot M. Smith '74 / Co-wrote Cornell's famous Alma Mater. Lawyer and judge, N.Y. Supreme Court (trial court).
The lyrics of Far Above Cayuga's Waters were written in the early 1870's by two Cornell University roommates; Wilmot M. Smith and Archibald C. Weeks. Smith and Weeks used an existing tune, Annie Lisle, for the song. Annie Lisle was written by a Boston musician H. S. Thompson in 1857. The song became the Cornell alma mater. Subsequently the Annie Lisle tune was used as the basis for many other college songs.