Smith, Hannibal, a leading lawyer and educator, was born in Oswego county, November 29, 1839. He prepared for college
in West Winfield and Cazenovia Seminaries and in 1860 he entered Hamilton College, freshman class, remaining one
year. The two years following he was incapacitaled for study on account of ill health. He, in the fall of 1893,
re entered Hamilton College and was graduated third in grade for scholarship in his class in 1866. He was awarded
the Head Prize Oration, the subject being "Alexander Hamilton as an Interpreter of the Constitution."
In the fall of 1866 he entered the law department of the University of Michigan, where he continued his studies
one year. He was elected principal of the Little Falls Academy in 1867, which position he held for two years, resigning
at the end of the school year in 1860, when he entered the law department of Hamilton College, and in i8?0 was
graduated and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of this State. In February, 1870, he was elected principal
of the High School of Watertown and superintendent of the public schools. lie continued as principal of the high
School until July 1, 1874, when he resigned and formed a partnership for the practice of law with Gen. Bradley
Winslow, which continued until 1877, From 1877 until 1892 he practiced law alone. In July, 1892, he formed a copartnership
with his son, Edward N. Smith, and has since practiced law with his son under the firm name of Smith & Smith.
Mr. Smith has always taken a deep interest in educational affairs and was a member of the Board of Education of
the city of Watertown from 1874 to 1889; for two years he served as president of the board. He is a director and
the treasurer of the Taggart & Moffett Land Improvement Company, also a director and treasurer of the Siouski
Paper Company, and also a director and treasurer of the Stand Publishing Company, and a member of the firm of M.
Harbottle & Co., in the hardware business in the city of Watertown.