Biography of James Smith
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Smith, James, Madrid, was born in County Manahan, Ireland, May 1, 1840, and was only fourteen years of age when he took up his residence in this country, landing in New York in July, 1854. In August of that year he came to Madrid, and began an apprenticeship at shoemaking with Smith & McCall. He was with his cousin, Captain Smith, until 1857, when he went to Potsdam and was employed with Clark, Walker & Co., and afterward with Zenas Clark, and later with Theo. Clark and N. S. Elderkin. In 1860 he returned to Madrid where he was employed by Henry McCall until 1868. That year he established the manufacture of boots and shoes, and the same year put in a stock of ready made goods. During the years of Mr. Smith's venture for himself he usually employed two or three men besides himself. He is now located on the west side of Main street. His stock is composed of the finest as well as the most serviceable of goods. Mr. Smith has always taken an active interest in politics and was a supporter of the Republican party until 1872, when he joined the liberal Democrats. In 1893 he was elected excise commissioner. He is a member of St. John the Baptist church, of which he has at various times been a trustee. He married, May 13, 1875, Dora, daughter of Ruther Hargrave of Waddington.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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