Biography of Delos D. Smyth
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DELOS DE WOLF SMYTH.
Delos DeWolf Smyth, a successful business man and respected citizen of Utica, is at the head of the Smyth-Despard Company, manufacturers and jobbers of leather and rubber belting and manufacturers' supplies. His birth occurred in Oswego, New York, in 1869 His father, General Charles H. Smyth, was born in Oswego, this state, in 1839, and after completing his education became successfully identified with banking interests there. In the early '70s he came to Clinton as general superintendent of the Franklin Furnace Company, in which his father in law, Delos DeWolf, a banker, manufacturer and democratic leader of Oswego, was interested. Thereafter he was prominently identified with the business and social life of Clinton until called to his final rest on the 18th of January, 1908. In 1895, however, he had disposed of his interests and retired from active business life. He was a director of the Clinton Bank and a member of the Clinton Rural Art Association. His political allegiance was unfalteringly given to the democracy and the cause of education found in him a stanch champion. He served as village trustee at one time and in 1895 was elected one of the trustees of Hamilton College, taking an active part in the erection of the splendid new school building. He won his title by reason of his service as a member of the staffs of Governor Tilden and Grover Cleveland. The Fort Schuyler Club of Utica numbered him among its valued members. Unto him and his wife were born three sons, namely: F. DeWolf; Charles H., who held a professorship in Hamilton College and is now a professor of geology in Princeton College; and Delos DeWolf, of this review.

The latter enjoyed excellent educational advantages, first attending the Clinton schools and then studying successively in Hamilton College, Heidelberg University, Columbia University and Harvard University. Subsequently he taught political economy in Hamilton College for twelve years. On the expiration of that period he organized the Smyth-Despard Company in Utica, who first conducted a jobbing enterprise and later also opened a factory, manufacturing leather belting. Samuel A. Beardsley is now an officer and a junior member of the concern. Mr. Smyth has built up an extensive and successful enterprise, having been watchful of all the details of his business and of all indications pointing toward prosperity.

At Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Smyth was united in marriage to Miss Helen L. Townley. He is a devoted and consistent member of Grace church and also belongs to the Fort Schuyler Club and the Yahnundahsis Golf Club. He is a man of undoubted integrity in business, of progressive spirit and marked enterprise, a man whose popularity and prosperity have been won through his many good qualities and his well directed effort.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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