What explains the election of William Smith as Captain of Lincoln's minute men in 1775? A report in 2007 for Minute Man National Historical Park asserted that Smith's election was "inexplicable," and it does seem puzzling. Among the minute men were long-time Lincoln residents, military veterans, and men older than William Smith. Yet to command them in battle, they elected Smith, who had moved to Lincoln barely a year earlier, was only 28 years old, and had no military experience. Various explanations have been offered for William's election, but are they persuasive? Come join the conversation, review the evidence, and judge for yourself whether William Smith was the "inexplicable" Captain. Donald L. Hafner is a retired professor of political science and a longtime member of the Lincoln Minute Men. His most recent book, published by the Lincoln Historical Society, is William Smith, Captain: Life and Death of a Soldier of the American Revolution.