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John Walter Smith (1845-1925)
MSA SC 3520-1475

Governor of Maryland 1900-1904 (Democrat)

BornFebruary 5, 1845  in Worcester County, Maryland1
Father: John Walter Smith (died in 1850)2
Mother: Charlotte Whittington Smith (died in childbirth)3
Guardian: Ephraim K. Wilson4
Education: attended private schools; attended Union Academy, Snow Hill5
Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian6
Marriage: 1869 to Mary Frances Richardson7
Children: Charlotte Whittington, Georgia8
Positions held:
            Clerk, George S. Richardson's store, ca. 1862
            Partner, Richardson, Smith, Moore, and Bros., ca. 1863
            Opened a grist mill and saw mill, Snow Hill
            Founder and vice-president, Surrey Lumber Company
            Vice-president, Surrey, Sussex & Southampton Railroad Company
            President, Equitable Fire Insurance Company, Snow Hill
            Owner of canning factory, Snow Hill
            Organized the First National Bank of Snow Hill, 1887
            President of First National Bank, Snow Hill, beginning 1887
            Director, Fidelity and Deposit Company, the Fidelity Trust Company
            Director, Philadelphia, Baltimore & Washington Railroad Company
            Director, Jessup & Moore Paper Company, Philadelphia
            Director, Southern Transportation Company, Philadelphia
            Organized Cumberland Lumber Company
            Owner of 10 or 12 farms on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
            Maryland State Senator, 1890-1898
            President of the Maryland Senate, 1894
            U.S. Representative, 1899-1900 (resigned)
            Delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1900, 1904
            Governor of Maryland, 1900-1904
            U.S. Senator, 1908-19219
Died: April 19, 1925, in Baltimore City10
Burial:  Makemie Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Snow Hill11

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