This upright and representative citizen was born in Illinois, near Chicago, in 1857. His father was a successful farmer and the subject of this sketch grew to young manhood under the healthful influence of a model farm. He attended first the rural schools and then Cornell University, and finished his education at the famous university at, DePauw, Indiana.
In 1882 he relocated in Ocala, where he has remained ever since. He embarked in the furniture and undertaking business in 1900, by the purchase of the J. A. Pitman & Co., which he changed to the Ocala Furniture Company. He has built the company up to one of the best in the county. He soon associated with him, Mr. Vernie Roberts, his present partner. Mr. Smith is the owner of valuable Ocala realty property, among other properties being his elegant home in the first ward, which he erected himself. He was married to Miss Bertha Jones in this city in 1887, and five children were born to them, three girls and two boys. The death angel entered the happy home February 4, 1903 and took thence the beloved wife.
No man stands higher in the respect and esteem of his neighbors and the business world than Mr. Smith. He represented his city, on the board of aldermen, from the first ward for several terms, and made an excellent official.
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