Biography of Will 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, Will W., was born in the town of Jay, Essex county, N. Y., February 6, 1862, educated in the public schools of his native county, at Westport Academy and at the Plattsburgh High School He began teaching at the early age of seventeen and taught for seven years. He was a remarkably successful teacher as well as a talented student,, but his tastes inclining to law he entered the office of A. S. Burdick of Saratoga Springs, and after reading there for some time changed to the office of Judge J. W. Houghton. He was admitted to the bar in 1888, and immediately thereafter began the practice of his profession. From the first he gave special attention to real estate and probate matters, and has attained a place in the front rank of lawyers in the State in these important departments of his profession. Mr. Smith was associated in partnership with Gen. W. B. French from 1891 to 1894. On December 26, 1881, Mr. Smith married Julia Haff, daughter of Schuyler Haff of Clinton county, N. Y., and their children are Frances, Kate, Lena and Harold V. Mr. Smith's parents were Eli and Mary (Atwood) Smith. His grandfather, Stephen Smith, came to Essex county. N. Y., from Vermont, in which State the family had resided for generations. Mr. Smith is a Republican in politics, highly esteemed by his party and is a representative member of the Saratoga bar.


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