Biography of Christopher Smith
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Smith, Christopher, Buffalo, was born in Baden, Germany, June 10, 1845, came to America in 1848 with his parents and settled in Buftalo, where he received a public school education. September 25, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K, 61st N. Y. Vols., and served three years, being transferred in October, 1862, to Co. A, 4th Artillery, Cushing's celebrated battery, U. S. Army. Mr. Smith was wounded three times, and participated in forty three battles, including Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, Cedar Mountain, second Bull Run, Sheridan's raid, Sulphur Springs, Hanover Court House, Culpepper Court House, the Wilderness, Gettysburg, etc. He was promoted to the post of orderly sergeant and had the proud distinction of firing on July 3, 1863, the last cannon at the battle of Gettysburg, at Cemetery Hill, at the charge made by General Armstead, who was killed just as he had scaled the wall or breast work and had placed his hand on the piece handled by Mr. Smith. Returning from the army Mr. Smith engaged in farming and market gardening and later in dairying, in which he continued in all eighteen years. During this period he became an active Republican leader and was elected supervisor of the old Eleventh ward in 1873, 1874 and 1875. Hc served as alderman in 1876 and 1877, and in 1883 was again elected supervisor. In 1806 he represented the Sixth Assembly district of Erie county in the State Legislature, and in the fall of 1807 received the appointment of back tax collector of Buffalo. For a number of years he has been largely interested in real estate and in street grade contracting. He is a member of Hiram Lodge No. 105, F. & A. M., of Buffalo Council No. 17, R. & S. M., of Keystone Chapter No. 163, R. A. M., of the Odd Fellows, the A. 0. U. W., the K. 0. T. M., of Stanley Garrison No. 36, R. A. N. U., of Bidwell Wilkeson Post No. 9, G. A. R., and of several social organizations. During his political career he has been a delegate to nearly all the local and State Republican conventions. Mr. Smith is a thorough Buffalonian, keenly alive to the city's interests and an active factor in the general welfare. In 1867 he married Mary J., daughter of Edmond and Ann Daw of Buffalo, and they had two children, Florence and C. Alvin. The latter has been employed in the office of Philip Gerst for five years. Mrs. Smith died in October, 1897.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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