Biography of Adam R. Smith
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Smith, Adam R., was born in Troy, N. Y., October 20, 1826, of Massachusetts parentage and puritan descent. He is the son of Adam and Ruth (Reed) Smith, both natives of Massachusetts and residents of South Reading (now Wakefield); they became residents of Troy in 1816; here Mr. Smith became a manufacturer of millstones, at which he prospered; both died in Troy. Adam R. was educated in a private school in Troy and for a period in New York city, and in the years 1842 and 1843 in the Troy Polytechnic Institute. He became discount clerk in the Commercial Bank in Troy, January, 1846. He was made treasurer of the Troy Savings Bank in 1851, but went back to the Commercial Bank the same year as teller. He was made teller of the Union Bank in 1858 and cashier in 1870. Of all the persons in Troy connected with banks in any official capacity since 1846, he is, since the death of William Gay, the only one who still continues in office. Prior to the Rebellion he was a Democrat, but since that time he has been identified with the Republican party. Mr. Smith was made trustee and treasurer of the Oakwood Cemetery Association in 1868, and in 1870 was made president, which office he still holds. He has been an official of that association longer than any other person except John Hobart Warren, whose election antedates Mr. Smith's by seven years. Mr. Warren resigned in 1894, leaving Mr. Smith the oldest official.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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