Biography of Simeon Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Simeon, was born in the town of Hector, Schuyler county, N. Y., August 2, 1850. Both of his parents at the age of seventy five years are still living and in good health at Ithaca, N. Y. He was educated at Starkey Seminary and Cornell University, graduating from the latter with honor in the class of 1873. After graduation he took up the study of law, spending one year in the office of Ferris & Dowe, and one year in the Albany Law School, from which he graduated and was admitted to the bar May 15, 1875. Returning to Ithaca he opened an office at once, and has ever since been in the active practice of his profession. In the fall of 1875 Mr. Smith was appointed by Governor Tilden, district attorney of Tompkins county, to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of S. D. Halliday, who had been elected to the Assembly. In the fall of 1875 he was the candidate of his party for county judge, and ran largely ahead of the State ticket at the election. In 1889 he was appointed by Governor Hill, without solicitation on his part, commissioner of the State Meteorological Bureau and Weather Service, and reappointed three years later by Governor Flower. He has always been a moderate Democrat and has repeatedly represented his party in the county and State conventions. In March, 1893, he was appointed city attorney by the reform anti license mayor.

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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