||"Mr. Thomas R. Smith, the subject of this sketch, is probably Baltimore's best known colored man. He is the hotel proprietor of the largest colored hotel in the United States, and capitalist, being one of our wealthiest men of color. He is noted for his generosity being a contributor to the Y.M.C.A., Victory Hospital, Churches and other organizations, and thousands have had cause to thank him for his liberality. For every effort to better our conditions, he is always an enthusiastic donor. His friends in all parts of the country are innumerable. He married Miss Jessie Wilson, one of Baltimore's most beautiful and popular young ladies."