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Richard Smith is a native of Lancashire, England, born Nov. 25, 1821, a son of Robert and Mary (Clark) Smith,
natives of Yorkshire, where they resided at the time of their death. They were the parents of six children, four
sons and two daughters. Our subject learned the trade of a weaver. He came to Americain 1844 and settled in Fall
River, Mass., where he engagedas a weaver for six years. He was married in Lancashire, England, to Sarah Both,
and to them were born eight children, three only now living - Mary, wife of William Cooker, of Otter Creek, Ill.;
William Robert, married to Elizabeth A. Johnson, and Jane, wife of John Garver, of Otter Creek. Mr. Smith settled
in this county in 1851 on the farm where he now resides, when the surrounding country was a wild uncultivated prairie,
Mr. Smith building the second frame house on Otter Creek. He has been successful in his agricultural pursuits and
now owns a fine farm of 327 acres under cultivation, and valued at $50 per acre. In politics he affiliates with
the Democratic party. He has served his township as School Director.
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