Biography of Horace I. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Horace I., was born in Dryden, April 5, 1829, the sixth of a family of eight children of Isaac S. Smith, also a native of this county, who died in 1836. The early education of our subject was obtained in his native town. In 1853 he left the farm and came to Ithaca, and has since been engaged in various employments. He was in the mercantile business for two years, and for four years was engaged in the manufacture of sewing silks. He has also dealt in real estate. May 1, 1888, he became connected with Cornell University, at first holding the position of superintendent of contractors in the erection of their buildings. He held that position during the greater part of the next four years, until May 1, 1892, when he was appointed superintendent of construction and grounds for the university, which position he now holds. In politics Mr. Smith is independent. In 1857 he married Mary E. Gay, of this town.

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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