Richard Smyth (1838–1914) was born in Dublin, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1863 and was known in Salt Lake City as "Smyth the Hatter." In 1890 he established a hatter company.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He returned to Ireland on two missions.
A number of Smyth's poems appeared in the Millennial Star. Among his more famous hymn texts is "Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” hymn #7 in the 1985 Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was a particular favorite among the British Saints in the days of gathering with the Saints in the United States.