Biography of William P. Smith
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Smith, William P., was born in Castleton, May 23, 1846, and was educated at Mechanicville and Fort Edward. He was engaged in the coal business for three years when he went into the manufacture of brick for five years and embarked in mercantile business in which he is still engaged as senior partner of the firm of Smith & Knowlton. Mr. Smith has long been an active Democrat and is highly appreciated by his party. He has served as delegate to the county and State conventions as well as judicial conventions; has been clerk of the village of Castleton for ten years; was postmaster under Cleveland's administration and has been again throughout the present presidential term. Mr. Smith is president of the Commercial Union Cooperative Association and is also trustee and treasurer of the Cemetery Association. He married Anna Knowlton, who died December 10, 1893, leaving two children, William K. and Lucy. Mr. Smith's parent's were Joel D. and Hannah E. (Stearns) Smith. Joel D. Smith was the founder of the Castleton National Bank and was its president from its organization till his death in 1886.

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


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