SMITH, FRANK JONES. - Born at Lisle, Broome county, N. Y., Jan. 26, 1845. Son of Robert and Wealthy A. Smith.
His father kept a country store until 1865, when he moved to Indiana arid began working a small farm, coming to
Chicago in 1870. The subject of this sketch was educated at Kingsville Academy, Ashtabula county, Ohio; taught
school one term and served as brakeman on the Philadelphia & Erie railroad, and was afterward in the local
freight office of the Cleveland & Erie. He went to Pulaska county, Ind., with his parents in the spring of
1865, on account of the illness of his father, but came to Chicago in the spring of 1866. Mr. Smith studied law
with Fuller & Shepard, and has had a most extensive general practice, particularly in connection with state
insurance cases on assessment of stockholders. He has been in partnership with a number of well known legal gentlemen
of Chicago, among whom may be mentioned D. Harry Hammer, W. C. Ives and F. A. Helmer, and is now a member of the
prominent firm of Flower, Smith & Musgrave. As an attorney he has represented the Furniture Manufacturers'
Exchange for many years, and has on several occasions represented important banking and manufacturing institutions.
Mr. Smith is recognized as one of the ablest lawyers at the Chicago bar; is a conscientious and tireless worker,
and an earnest and eloquent pleader. His tenacity has attracted attention on many occasions and has won for him
causes which to those less persevering and less confident would appear hopeless. The law firm of which he is a
member ranks among the best in the United States, its business extending into all the courts and in many of the
states of the Union. He has been twice married: first on Jan. 23, 1870, to Charlotte E. Chapman, of Kingsville,
O.; the second time to Myra C. Gilbert, of Creston, Ogle county, Ill. He has two children - Lottie, aged 15, and
Wirt F., aged 9. in religion Mr. Smith is a Presbyterian. He is a member of the Union League and Iroquois clubs.
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