Biography of George N. Smith
Jefferson County, NY Biographies





George N. Smith. - Having spent the greater part of his business career in the city of Watertown, Mr. Smith is widely known throughout Northern New York as a cattle dealer, and he is a director of the Watertown National Bank. He was born at Sunderland, Franklin County, Mass., the son of Edward N. and Mary Ellen (Graves) Smith.

Edward N. Smith was born at Sunderland, Mass., in 1843. He was a farmer and engaged extensively in the cattle business. He was also a tobacco grower. Mr. Smith was a Republican in politics. He died in 1900, and his wife died in 1895. Their children were: George N., the subject of this sketch; Arthur Frederick, deceased; Harriet, the widow of Harry C. Lyman, lives at Watertown, Mass.; Bessie H., married Ernest F. Learned, lives at Belmont, Mass.; and Ida, who died in 1893.

Edward N. Smith was the son of Nathaniel and Dolly L. (Henderson) Smith. He was born in 1811 and died Oct. 6, 1882. His wife died July 4, 1881. Nathaniel Smith was the son of Quartus and Abagail (Clark) Smith. He was born in 1773 and died Jan. 20, 1884. His wife died Dec. 26, 1850.

The Smith family is of English descent, and the first member to come to the United States was Samuel Smith and his wife, Elizabeth. They sailed from Ipswich, April 30, 1634, and landed at Watertown, Mass. He became one of the most prominent citizens in that section of the state and was a deputy to the general court. He was the first selectman to serve at Hadley, Mass. Nathaniel Smith, great great grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was largely responsible for the founding of Amherst College. A complete history of the Smith family appears in the "History of Sunderland, Mass., 1673-1889," by John Montague Smith.

George N. Smith attended the public schools of Sunderland, Mass., and as a young man became interested in the shipping of cattle. His business extended to the New York, Boston, and Providence market, and at the age of 18 years he located in Boston, where he became successful as a buyer of milch cows at the Brighton market. In 1894 Mr. Smith came to Watertown, where he has since engaged in the buying and shipping of cattle to eastern markets. He owns seven fine farms in Jefferson and Lewis counties, which comprise 1,800 acres, and his "North Country Farm," where he resides, contains 700 acres of valuable land, located at 1456 Washington Street, Watertown. At the present time he is the owner of 200 head of pure bred Holstein cattle. He is identified with the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, and Holstein Freisan Association.

In 1907 Mr. Smith married Miss Martha J. Little, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Johnston) Little, natives of New Hampshire. Both are deceased and are buried at Exeter, N. H. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been born four children: 1. Nathaniel, deceased. 2. Nathalie Elizabeth, a graduate of Watertown High School, class of 1931, attends Miss Wheelock's School, Boston. 3. Margaret Johnston. 4. George N., Jr.

Mr. Smith is a Republican and belongs to B. P. O. Elks, No. 496.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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