Biography of A. T. Smith
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Smith, A. T., was born in the town of Gouverneur, a son of Zadock and Clarissa (Walker) Smith, he born in Vermont, and she in Richville, N. Y.. a daughter of Josiah Walker, one of the first settlers in St. Lawrence county. Josiah Walker drove from Berkshire county, Mass., with a pair of oxen and settled in St. Lawrence county on a farm, built himself a house and returned to Massachusetts with the same conveyance for his bride, Rhoda Upham, and returned to the farm where he lived to a good old age. They were charter members of the Congregational church at Richville, and he was a deacon for many years, and they always enjoyed the love and esteem of their acquaintances. Mr. Smith's parents purchased a farm near Richville, where they resided until about 1862, when his father enlisted in the 106th Regiment, N. Y. Vols., and was killed at Culpepper, Va., near the close of the war. He was educated at the Richville school and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. At the age of thirteen he entered a store as clerk and continued in the same occupation until 1882, when he engaged in business for himself, and for the past thirteen years has conducted a drug store at Theresa. He is a self-made man, never having had assistance from any source since he was about ten years of age. In 1889 he married Jennie Peck, daughter of F. M. Peck, an old merchant resident of Theresa. Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics and a member of the county and town cornmittee. He is now president of the village and a member of the Board of Education. He is a prominent Mason, being the present master of Theresa Lodge, No. 174. F. & A. M.; a member of Theresa Chapter, R.A.M.; Watertown Commandery; and Media Temple. A. A. O. N. M. S.

 

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