The Autobiography of Calvin Smith
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It is our pleasure to present this reproduction of "The Autobiography of Calvin Smith of Smithville" during the Sesquicentennial of the founding of Smithville by Calvin's father, Humphrey Smith. We wish to thank the Smithville businesses, which through their sponsorship we have been able to provide this book at no charge as a .pdf download.
This reproduction is based on the original book published by Calvin Smith in 1906. In fact, the book appears to be Calvin's personal copy, which includes a handwritten note to his grandson, Couch. That note has been added to the fore pages of the reproduction.
Calvin, in this 1906 autobiography, describes the trip his dad led their family from Pennsylvania to ultimately founding the mills along the Little Platte and establishing the outpost that would later become the city of Smithville.
"Humphrey Smith, my father, was a strong supporter of John Adams’ Administration as President of the United States of America, after the Hamilton theory of our Government, approved by Washington, and which was opposed by Thomas Jefferson, who believed in State’s rights. In my day father took strong grounds for the election of John Q. Adams in 1828, and I supported for President in 1840 William Henry Harrison, who was a Whig and a strong anti-slavery man. These principles being ground and rooted into all his sons – daughters also; so we were all Union men . . . "
Picture of Calvin and three generations of Smiths
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