Biography of A. Belmont Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, A. Belmont, was born in Trumansburgh April 15, 1860, and was educated in the Union School and the Academy. He is a coal dealer and insurance agent by occupation. June 22, 1893, he married Fannie Ogden of Covert, Seneca county. Mr. Smith's father, John De Motte Smith, was born in Lodi, Seneca county, December 10, 1832, was educated in Ovid Academy, Rutgers College, and graduated from Hobart Collage, Geneva. He studied law with Smith & Barto and was admitted to the bar. Upon the retirement of Mr. Smith, who went to Syracuse, he became a partner with Judge Henry C. Barto. He was a sound lawyer, an able advocate, and a generous foe, and his death created a vacancy in the bar of this county which was hard to fill. He was a Mason, and from early manhood was prominently indentified with its affairs. He was one of the most companionable of man, a good husband and father. May 5, 1857, he married Mary E. Owen of Waterburg, town of Ulysses, and they had two children, Cora O., and A. Belmont. Early in life he took much interest in the State militia and rose through the successive grades to the rank of colonel of the Fiftieth Regiment of the National Guard. During the war he was a Union man, a war Democrat, and was identified with such men as General Dix, Daniel S. Dickenson of New York, and others. He died February 25, 1892, and his wife survives him, residing at his late home on Elm street with his daughter.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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