Biography of James W. Smith
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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Smith, James W., was born in Gloversville, Fulton county, N. Y., January 17, 1845, educated in the public schools and Kinderhook Academy. September 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, Twenty-fifth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged in August, 1863. September 12, 1866, he married Louisa A. Mowry of Windsor Locks, Conn., and they had four children: Harrnan M., Carrie L., Lewis L. (who died in infancy), and May A. Harman M. married Nora Beckwith, and they have two children, Gertrude L. and Mildred M.; Carrie L. is a graduate from Mrs. Ames's private academy, and Mary A. from the Mechanicville High School. Mr. Smith's father, Herman S., was born in Greenfield, Saratoga county, N. Y., October 9. 1814; on April 29, 1839, he married Angeline Burr of Kingsboro. N. Y., and they had three sons: Lewis F., born April 26. 1840; Lucian B., born May 28, 1842, and James W. (as above). Mr. Smith died December 14, 1875, and his wife December 18, 1848. The family came to Mechanicville in 1884. Mr. Smith has been in the employ of .the Duncan Paper Company since and has. been superintendent of the soda department the past eight years. His son, Harman M., is day foreman under him. He is a member of Elmer E. Ellsworth Post No. 619, of Mechanicville, G. A R., Department of New York, is past commander and now (in 1898) is chaplain. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the M. E. church; he is one of the stewards. In his political choice he is a staunch Republican; the ancestry of family is English on both sides.


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