Biography of the Hon. T. Guilford Smith

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Smith, Hon. T. Guilford, Buffalo, of English and German origin, is descended from one of the earliest Quaker families of Burlington, N. J., and is the son of Pem berton Smith and Margaretta E.. daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Ogden) Zell, his wife, both natives of Philadelphia, Pa., born April 12, 1816, and October 18, 1817, respectively; the father died May 14, 1873, and the mother is still living. He is a grandson of Charles Eastwick and Mary (Ogden) Smith, a great-grandson of Thomas and Grizzel (Eastwick) Smith, and a great-great-grandson of Ralph and Marjory (Allen) Smith, of whom the latter were married in Christ church, Philadelphia, April 22, 1749; Charles E. and Thomas were both born in that city. Mr. Smith was born in Philadelphia August 27, 1839, attended the public and private schools, and in 1858 graduated from the Philadelphia Central High School with the degree of A. B. and the salutatory address. He then entered the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y., from which he graduated as C. E. in 1861, being elected a member of Delta Chapter, Theta Delta Chi fraternity, in 1859. In 1863 he received the degree of A. M. from the Central High School of Philadelphia. He was resident engineer in the Mahoney district of the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company from 1861 to 1865, when he resigned to become manager of the Philadelphia Sugar Refinery, which position he held until 1869. In 1870-71 he was consulting engineer for various railroad and mineral interests in the South and West and in 1872 visited Europe in connection with railway enterprises and while there was delegate to the International Prison Congress of London. In 1873 he came to Buffalo as secretary of the Union Iron Company, and in 1878 was appointed western sales agent for the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company; in 1883 the firm of Aibright & Smith was formed for the purpose of conducting the latter business in New York State and Canada. In 1889 Mr. Smith also became and still continues the New York and Canada sales agent for what is now the Carnegie Steel Company, Ltd. Since 1892 he has been vice-president of the New York Car Wheel Works of Buftalo, the Canada Iron Furnace Company, Ltd., and the St. Thomas Car Wheel Company, and a director of the Niagara Bank of Buffalo. Mr. Smith is prominently connected with numerous scientific, benevolent and social organizations. He was elected a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Union League of Philadelphia in. 1866, of the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia in 1867, of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Mining Engineers in 1871, of the Engineers' Society of Western New York and the Grolier and Players' Clubs of New York city in 1895, and of the Shakespeare Society of New York in 1896. He is also a member of the Buffalo, Falconwood, Saturn, Country, Fortnightly, Liberal, University, Ellicott and Riding Clubs of Buffalo, the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, the St. Maurice Fish and Game Club of Montreal, the Buffalo Republican League, and the Twenty first Ward Good Government Club of Buffalo; the Buffalo Civil Service Association, the American Protective Tariff League, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Economic Association, the Buffalo Merchants' Exchange, the Alumni Association of the Philadelphia Central High School, the Buffalo Historical Society, the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Buffalo Society of Artists; and an honorary member of Hobart Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, elected in 1894. He was one of the founders of the Charity Organization Society of Buffalo in 1887, serving as its secretary until 1880, vice-president from 1883 to 1888, and since then president. He was a member of the Council of the University of Buffalo from July 20, 1887, to December 18, 1890, and in 1889 was elected president of the Alumni Association of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1890 he was elected treasurer and in 1895 vicepresident of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. In 1890 he was also elected a life member of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, and since 1891 has served as chairman of its museum committee. In 1892 he became a member of the Society of the Sons of the Revolution, representing Col. Christopher Meng, assistant deputy quartermaster-general, Continental Army, and in 1895 was elected vice-president and in 1897 president of the Buffalo Association. He was elected a director of the American Society of Civil Engineers January 1, 1894, in which year he was a delegate from the society to the Eleventh International Congress of Medicine and Surgery at Rome and also visited the Orient. In 1896 he was elected president of the Buffalo Library. Mr. Smith is one of the foremost men of Western New York, representing the highest standard of public spirit, progressive enterprise, and benevolence. He was married in St. Mark's P. E. church, Grand Rapids, Mich., July 14, 1864, to Mary Stewart Ives, daughter of Chauncey Pelton and Charlotte Brownell (Stewart) Ives. She was born in Lansingburgh, N.Y., November 15, 1839. They have two Sons: Pemberton Smith,. born June 3, 1865, a graduate as C. E. of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1888, now associated with his father, and Chauncey Pelton Smith, M. D., born October 27, 1869, a graduate as M. D. from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania and a post-graduate of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and now a practicing surgeon in Buffalo.


Source:
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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