Biography of William J. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, William J., was born in the town of Dryden, August 30, 1821. His father, John Smith, came to the,town about 1790, from Stroudsburg, Pa. William S. was educated in the common schools and finished at the Ithaca Academy. At the age of forty eight he married Pamelia, daughter of Spencer Apgar, of Dryden, and they are the parents of three children, two sons, Horatio S., and William A., and one daughter, Susie. He takes an active interest in temperance principles and has been prominently identified in his county's affairs, being elected sheriff in the fall of 1878. In 1870 he bought what was known as the Amon Apgar property of twenty eight acres, which adjoined the old homestead and he now has 118 acres of some of the best land in the town, raising hay, grain and stock, and paying some attention to dairying. He is recognized in his town as a conservative, independent citizen, taking considerable interest in school and church matters, and in advancing the best interests of his 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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