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his father died. He was

a pupil of the territory, and as a result, on the reBarton W. Stone, a clergyman in

clergyman in the assembling of the committee, the necessary Christian Church in Kentucky. When twen- amount was pledged, and an excess of $12,ty-one years of age he removed to Scott 000. · In 1854 was cted to the LegislaCounty, Kentucky, where he served for a ture. An act to lend the credit of the State time as deputy sheriff, and read law. In 1833, to railways, in the amount of $7,000,000, in company with his father-in-law, General $3,000,000 being the apportionment of the David Thomson, he removed to Pettis inland route, was stoutly contested. He led County, Missouri, where he practiced his pro- the element favoring the appropriation, and fession for a time. For four years, begin- the measure was passed by a small majority. ning in 1848, he managed government Governor Sterling Price interposed his veto, freighting from Fort Leavenworth to Santa but the act was finally adopted. In 1856 GenFe, New Mexico. When the Pacific Rail- eral Smith bought the land upon which way (now the Missouri Pacific Railway) was Sedalia stands, and founded the city. (See projected, he became at once one of its most "Sedalia.”) The name was derived from that earnest advocates, and to his effort was of his daughter Sarah, familiarly known as finally due its present location, and the de- "Sed.” He remarked that he had previously velopment of central Missouri. The original named a flatboat for her elder sister, Martha. intention was to follow the course of the Mis- The name he first chose was that of Sedville. souri River its entire length from St. Louis He changed this to Sedalia, following the to Kansas City. He conceived the plan of suggestion of a friend, Josiah Dent, of St. diverting it from that course at Jefferson Louis, who proposed Sedalia, closely reCity, through Pettis County, and overcame sembling the Latin word Sedilia, meaning almost insurmountable opposition in accom- a seat, at the same time remarking that the plishment of his purpose. He rode on horse- change would be desirable for the reason back over all the country which he sought to that "General Smith designed the removal of benefit, addressing public meetings, and the county seat to the new town.” The slight arguing the case personally with men of in- change from the proposed word was made fluence and wealth. He was derided and for the sake of euphony. General Smith gave abused, and the greater number of news- his best effort, and used his means liberally papers in the State united in a crusade of for the upbuilding of the place. He gave to opposition. In January, 1852, he called a the Pacific Railway Company every urth public meeting at Georgetown, where a reso- lot touching their tracks, and made large lution favoring an appropriation of $10,000 donations to various business enterprises, by the county was defeated. He took the and to religious and educational institutions. stand and his argument was so convincing He was for years a director in the railway that the same meeting committed itself in company, and occupied various other high favor of stock subscriptions to the amount of positions; with all these urgent claims upon $100,000, and this measure was successful at his attention, he held the interests of the town the election in August following. In De- as of first importance, and cared for them cember, 1852, the General Assembly passed industriously until the close of his life. In an act providing for the location upon what politics he grew up in the school of Henry was termed the inland route, as distin- Clay. In 1843 he was appointed receiver guished from the river route, conditioned of the United States land office at Springupon subscriptions amounting to $400,000 by field, from which he retired with the change the counties interested. In March, 1853, he of administration. When the Kansas troubles assembled at Georgetown thirty representa- arose he was solicited to join the pro-slavery tive men from inland route counties, and at forces, and was offered high political preferthis meeting was formed a committee consist- ment. He refused all overtures, and stoutly ing of two from each county, who were to denounced the aggressions of the slave forces endeavor to accomplish the end sought. The upon territory which he claimed should be amount required was apportioned among the preserved to freedom. On this account he various counties, and the project was de- became the object of bitter condemnation, feated in all save Pettis County. General and threats were made of personal violence, Smith redoubled his effort, re-traversed all but he persisted in his course. In 1861


Governor Gamble appointed him adjutant mately pass into the possession of the city general of Missouri, and he organized the for the benefit of the public. Their benefirst troops contributed by Missouri to the ficences to public causes, and to individuals defense of the Union. At a later day he in need, are repeated and liberal. General served as paymaster general of the State, Smith died July 11, 1879, leaving a memory but resigned the position on account of differ- honored for all those noble traits which ences with the Governor. In 1863 he sat mark the liberal public benefactor, sagacious in a mass convention of the Radical Republi- man of affairs, kind neighbor and model citicans of Missouri, and presented a resolution His vigorous intellect comprehended under which a committee of one from each all conditions, enabling him to readily meet county was sent to Washington to urge upon the most serious emergencies, while his President Lincoln a more aggressive war tenacity of purpose dismayed opposition and policy. In 1864 he was an elector upon the compelled acquiescence in his designs. He Republican ticket, and made an active can- was of large and vigorous frame, and comvas. In 1864 he was an unsuccessful candi- manding mien.

manding mien. His strength of character date before the Republican convention for and deep immersion in important enterprises the nomination for Governor. He was elected at times gave him an air of austerity, which to the State Senate the same year, and was had no real existence. Great-hearted in all chosen president pro tempore of that body. the meaning of the word, his personal interest He was appointed by President Johnson to in his fellows' was as earnest as was his devobe assessor of United States internal revenue tion to public concerns, and his aid and for the Fourth and Fifth Districts of Mis- sympathy was freely extended at the call of souri, but not being in harmony with the the suffering and needy. administration he soon retired. In 1870 he affiliated with the liberal wing of the Repub- Smith, Jackson Leonidas, lawyer lican party, advocating the repeal of the pro- and jurist, is a native of Missouri, and was scriptive measures of the Drake constitution. born in Callaway County, January 29, 1837. In religion he was a member of the Christian His parents were Richard and Eliza (WagChurch. In 1827, before leaving Kentucky, goner) Smith. The father was a native of he was married to Melita Ann Thomson. Her east Tennessee, then an extreme western father was David Thomson, who was a major outpost of civilization, and his childhood was in a Kentucky regiment during the War of largely spent within the forts necessary for 1812; when his kinsman, Colonel Richard protection against the Indians; he was a Johnson, fell in the battle of the Thames, he pioneer settler in Missouri, whither he resucceeded to the command. For twenty moved in 1817; he died at the age of sevyears he served in the State Senate of Ken- enty-eight years. The son, Jackson L. tucky. He removed to Missouri in 1833. A Smith, was educated within the State at the son, Manlius V. Thomson, became Lieuten- Masonic College, Lexington, and at the Misant Governor of Kentucky when thirty-eight souri State University. He then entered years of age, and was commander of a regi- upon a course of law reading under the ment during the Mexican War. Another son, tutorship of M. M. Parsons, at Jefferson Mentor Thomson, became a distinguished City; his instructor was an accomplished citizen of Pettis County, Missouri. Mrs. practitioner, and afterward rose to distincSmith died April 22, 1861. The first-born tion in the Confederate Army. On bechild of General and Mrs. Smith died at the ing admitted to the bar in 1861, Mr. age of nine months. Their other children, Smith entered upon practice in Jefferson Martha Elizabeth Smith and Sarah Elvira, City, and was so engaged until 1888, with widow of Henry S. Cotton, are yet living in the exception of five years occupied with pubthe parental homestead at Sedalia. Their lic duties; for several years he was a member home is adorned with the fine library of the of the law firm of Ewing & Smith. In 1876 father, and a remarkably large and valuable he was elected attorney general; the newly collection of paintings, engravings, photo- adopted State constitution was just becoming graphic views and statuary acquired by the operative, and his duties were necessarily family during their visits abroad. The sisters arduous and confining. In 1885 he was apdesign that these art treasures shall ulti- pointed fish commissioner by Governor John S. Marmaduke, and he was reappointed to he has taken the commandery degrees. He the position in 1889 by Governor T. T. Crit- is a member of the Christian Church, in which tenden. For four years he was a manager

he serves as trustee. Dr. Smith was married of the State Asylum for the Insane at Fulton. December 24, 1888, to Ballie Jarrott, daughIn 1888 he was elected a judge of the Kansas ter of William Jarrott, of Pleasant Hill, and a City Court of Appeals, and was chosen as sister of Honorable William L. Jarrott, of the presiding judge. In 1892 he was re-elected circuit bench. Dr. Smith has an extensive to the position for a twelve-years' term, re- and lucrative practice, and his professional ceiving the largest majority ever recorded in labors have met with abundant success. He that judicial district. He is known as a close is a deep student and keeps fully abreast of student, and as possessed of those analytical the most advanced research in the science of powers of mind which mark the accomplished medicine. Personally, he is a man of strikjurist. Judge Smith was married to Missing qualities and a fascinating conversationFanny Chappell, of Callaway County, Mis- alist. His record, in professional and private souri. A son was born of this marriage, Clay life, has been without a blemish. Ewing Smith, who died July 4, 1898.

Smith, John Cook, merchant, was Smith, James W., physician and sur- born near Cedar Hill, Pickaway County, geon was born at Ghent, Carroll County, Ohio, September 8, 1852, son of John J. and Kentucky, August 10, 1851, son of James L. Deborah H. (Blue) Smith. (See sketch of and Mary (Davis) Smith. His father, by Alvin J. Smith.) His education was received trade a tailor, removed to Pleasant Hill, Mis- in the common schools near Columbus, Ohio, souri, July 1, 1860, and has since resided in Pickaway County of that State, in Bates there. During the war the elder Smith served County, Missouri, and in South Bloomfield, in the Home Guard. Dr. Smith was educated Ohio. At the age of twenty he became a in the public schools of Kentucky, and at clerk in a dry goods store at Columbus, Ohio, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. At the age of four- and four years later engaged in mercantile teen years he began work on a farm and at business for himself at South Bloomfield, the same time started to study medicine. Ohio, where he served as postmaster for five When twenty years of age he again entered years under appointment by President Garthe public schools, but soon after removed to field. May 9, 1886, he came to Adrian, Bates Kentucky, where he resumed his medical County, Missouri, and engaged in the merstudies under the supervision of his uncle, cantile business which he still conducts. For Dr. Reuben H. Smith. Entering the Hos- four years he served as alderman, and for pital School at Louisville, Kentucky, he the past three years he has been a member prosecuted his studies one term and part of of the school board of Adrian. Fraternally another, and completed his course in the he is identified with the Odd Fellows, the Kansas City Medical College, from which he Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen was graduated in 1877. Since March 4th of of America and the Woodmen of the World. that year he has enjoyed an unbroken prac- He is a steward and trustee of the Methodist tice at Pleasant Hill, with the exception of Episcopal Church at Adrian, and has been the periods devoted to postgraduate work in superintendent of the Sunday school for New York in 1883 and 1893. For ten years eight years.

eight years. He was married, April 12, 1877, he has been local surgeon for the Missouri to Kate L. Irwin, daughter of John E. Pacific Railroad Company, and during Presi- Irwin, of Circleville, Ohio. They are the dent Cleveland's first administration served parents of five children, Lizzie Deborah, a as pension examiner. In the line of his pro graduate of the Kansas City Conservatory fession he is identified with the Missouri of Music in the class of 1900; Howard Irwin, State Medical Society and the Hodgen a clerk in his father's store; Anna Kate, District Medical Society, of which


Helen Esther and Josephine Cook Smith. of the five organizers. At the present time (1900) he is serving Smith, Madison Roswell, lawyer,

its president. For eight years he legislator and reporter for the St. Louis has also been a member of the National Asso- Court of Appeals, was born July 9, 1850, near ciation of Railway Surgeons. In Masonry Glen Allen post office, in Bollinger County,




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son of Andrew J. and Barbara P. C. Smith. Powell, division commander, being inexperi-
The family to which he belongs came from enced in military matters, committed many
North Carolina to Missouri, and he is of breaches of military law and discipline, for
mixed English and Dutch extraction. Mr. which he was brought to trial before a mili-
Smith was educated at Caledonia and Cen- tary commission upon charges preferred by
tral Colleges, well known educational institu- General Smith, and was dismissed from the
tions of Missouri, but did not complete a service. General Smith, himself, was guilty
full college course on account of the death of shortcomings of an innocent nature. In at-
of his father, which necessitated his leaving tempting to pass his own lines after dark he
school to assist his mother in settling up the was halted by a sentinel who had seen service
family estate. He first entered upon a bus- in the regular army, who demanded the coun-
iness career, becoming interested with A. R. tersign. Having forgotten the word, General
Jaques in a drug store at Lutesville, Missouri. Smith answered, "I haven't the countersign,
At the end of three years in the drug trade but I'm General Smith, from Springfield."
he sold out his interest in the store, and in The sentinel responded “I don't care if you
1873 began reading law under the preceptor- are General Smith from hell; you can't pass
ship of Louis Houck, of Cape Girardeau. He here without the countersign." The incident
was admitted to the bar in 1874 by Judge survived many of the more serious recollec-
William Carter, of Farmington, Missouri, tions of the times. General Smith died in
and began the practice of his profession at 1858. In 1900 a son, Patrick, was serving
Marble Hill, the county seat of Bollinger as county clerk of Newton County.
County. Governor John S. Phelps appointed
him prosecuting attorney of that county in Smith, Patrick Reginald, county
1878. Within a few years he became recog- clerk of Newton County, Missouri, was born
nized as one of the leaders of the bar of that October 23, 1831, in Dinwiddie County, Vir-
portion of the State, and for some time he ginia, and comes of one of the old families
was in partnership with Judge William R. of that State. His parents were Nicholas R.
Taylor. In 1886 he was elected a member of and Harriet (Goodwin) Smith, both natives
the State Senate of Missouri, and served with of the county in which their son was born.
distinction in that body during a term of When he was five years of age, his parents
four years. He then went to Paris, Texas, removed from Virginia to Springfield, Mis-
as attorney for the St. Louis & San Fran- souri, and in the public schools of that place
cisco Railroad Company, but after a time he he obtained his rudimentary education. He
resigned this position and returned to Farm- then went to the military school at Lexing-
ington, Missouri, where he has since practiced ton, Kentucky, where he took a three-year
his profession successfully. In November of course, and later completed his studies at
1899 he was appointed reporter for the St. Springfield. In 1850, when he was nineteen
Louis Court of Appeals, and entered upon years of age, he went to California and spent
the discharge of the duties of that office in the next two years gold mining in that State.
January of the year 1900. In politics Mr. Considering his youth, his operations were
Smith is a Democrat, and his religious affil- quite successful, and he returned to his home
iations are with the Methodist Church. He with considerable means. After a brief resi-
is a member of the Masonic order, and has dence in Springfield he went to Neosho, Mis-
held various official positions in that connec- souri, and embarked in

in the mercantile tion. January 12, 1881, he married Miss Nan- business, in which he continued to be ennie Leech, of Farmington, Missouri. Their gaged until the outbreak of the Civil War. living children are Melbourne, Alma, Taylor, In the early part of that memorable struggle Barbara and Nannie Leech Smith.

he enlisted in the Missouri State Guard under

General Price, in whose command he served Smith, Nicholas R., was a native of for ten months thereafter. At the end of Tennessee, who located in Springfield about this time he enlisted regularly in the Con1836, and became a tavern-keeper. He was federate States Army, and was mustered into the first brigadier general of Greene County Coffee's regiment of General Shelby's brigmilitia, and took the field during the Indian ade. He participated in several of the early disturbances of 1837. Major General Joseph battles of the war, including those at Wil

son's Creek, Drywood, and Lexington, Mis- remainder of his life. He was a member of souri. In the State Guard he had served as the Missouri State convention of 1861; was aide on the staff of General Rains, perform- an unconditional Union man, and took an ing the duties of division inspector. In the

In the active part in forming a provisional governregular Confederate service he was adjutant ment for the State and preventing it from of his regiment, with the rank of captain. joining the secession movement. He was the In this capacity he served until the end of author of works entitled, "Theatrical Apprenthe contest, his regiment being disbanded at ticeship,” published in Philadelphia in 1845; Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1865. Returning “Theatrical Journey Work," published in to Neosho at the close of the war, he was 1854, and an autobiography, published in engaged in the real estate and insurance bus- 1868. iness until 1874, in which year he was elected county clerk on the Democratic ticket. In Smith, Thomas Adams, was born at 1894 he was defeated for this office by J. Piscataway, Essex County, Virginia, August Bascom, but in 1898 he was again elected, 12, 1781, and died at “Experiment,” his counand still fills the office. He has always been try seat, in Saline County, Missouri, June an ardent Democrat, never wavering in his 25, 1844. He was educated at William and convictions, and never hesitating to express Mary College, Virginia, entered the Regular his opinion when called upon to do so. A Army as ensign in 1800, was commissioned member of the Masonic order, he has filled second lieutenant of the artillerists the 15th all the offices in the subordinate lodge with of December, 1803, first lieutenant 31st of which he affiliates, and he is a member also December, 1805, captain of the First Rifles of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. 3d of May, 1808, lieutenant colonel 31st of Captain Smith has been thrice married—first July,'1810, colonel 6th of July, 1812, brevet in 1854, to Miss Susanna E. Logan, of brigadier general, for distinguished and merSpringfield, Missouri, who died in 1856. In itorious services, 24th of January, 1814; brig1862 he married Miss Harriet Chenoweth, adier general 25th of January, 1815; resigned whose death occurred in 1874. His present his commission in the army the oth of Nowife was Mrs. Lavinia (Townsend) Mason, vember, 1818. The active service of Gento whom he was united in 1875. Four chil- eral Smith previous to the War of 1812 was dren were born of his second marriage, on the Florida frontier. He commanded the named, respectively, Henry C., Robert H., post at St. Mary's, Florida, from 1808 until Allison W. and Emma C. Smith. The last he was ordered to the front on the Canada named is now the wife of C. C. Peterson, of line in 1812. At St. Mary's he had frequent Neosho. Of his third marriage one daugh- brushes with the Indians and Spaniards, but ter has been born, Lallah Smith.

no general battles. At the beginning of the

War of 1812 he and his command were transSmith, Solomon F., actor, was born ferred to the line of hostilities in Canada, April 20, 1801, in Norwich, Chenango and on the lakes at Sackett's Harbor, PlattsCounty, New York, and died in St. Louisburg, Burlington and French Mills, where he April 20, 1869. At Louisville, Kentucky, he remained until the close of the war. He marjoined Drake's Dramatic Company, in 1820, ried, September 17, 1807, Cynthia Berry, but withdrew at the end of the season and daughter of General James White, of Knoxstudied law in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1822 he ville, Tennessee, a sister of the Honorable became editor of “The Independent Press,” Hugh L. White, judge of the supreme court, and at the same time manager of the Globe United States Senator and candidate for PresTheater of Cincinnati. The following year ident in 1836. After the close of the War he traveled with his own company, gaining of 1812 General Smith was ordered to the wide reputation as a comedian, his principal West, made commander-in-chief of the Ninth roles being "Mawworm," in "The Hypo- Military Department, headquarters at Bellecrite;" "Sheepface,” in the “Village Law- fontaine, a post that had been established by yer," and "Billy Lackaday," in "Sweethearts General Wilkinson immediately after the and Wives.” In 1853 he abandoned theatri- acquisition of Louisiana on the Missouri cal management and the stage, and settled in River just above its mouth. Major S. H. St. Louis, where he practiced law during the Long, of the topographical engineers, was

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