Biography of Robert G. Smith
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Smith, Robert G., wholesale grocer, came from Ottowa, Ont., to Montreal in the year 1844, at the age of fourteen, and engaged as clerk with the dry goods firm of Howard & Co. He remained with that firm until 1848, then came to Troy and engaged with William B. Fry in the retail dry goods business until 1851. In the fall of that year he removed to Cohoes, N. Y , and went into the dry goods and clothing business, and continued in that business until 1860. He then formed a copartnership with the late G. M. Cropsey for the manufacture of flour, and in that year built the Hudson Valley Flour Mill. In 1864 he sold his interest to the firm of Mills & McMartin of Albany and after the close of the war, in 1866, assumed the duty of superintendent of the mill for that firm until 1877, when he engaged in the produce business on River street. In 1880 he bought the interest of the late Robert C. Collison in the wholesale grocery business and formed the firm of Stevenson, Smith & Co., afterwards Smith & Stevenson, and in 1894 Mr. Smith assumed control and still continues the business at No. 327 River street. He was alderman of the Fourth ward in 1887-1888, and is a member of Mt. Zion Lodge, F. & A. M., and Apollo Commandery of K. T. Mr. Smith served in the office of the Watervliet Arsenal during the Civil war. He was married in 1854 to Sarah A. Cropsey of Waterford, N. Y., who died in 1873. His present wife was Sarah A. Smith of Northampton, N. Y , to whom he was married in 1876. His children are Mrs. Dr. A. Ives, of Grand Ridge,; Clarence, who is salesman in the store, and R. George Smith, who is chief clerk in the medical department of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics and joined the party at its formation in 1854; voted for John C. Fremont for president in 1856 and for William McKinley, jr., in 1896.

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


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