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Biography of Thomas H. Smith

THOMAS H. SMITH. The prosperity of any locality depends almost solely upon the character of the people who inhabit it, and if the citizens are pushing, energetic and intelligent the country will prosper accordingly. Tennessee has given to Missouri many of her most progressive and prosperous citizens, prominent among whom is Thomas H. Smith, who is a product of Marion County, where he was born on August 7, 1850, a son of Ransom and Mary (Hendricks) Smith, the former of whom was born in Campbell County, April 7, 1820, and the latter in Marion County April 14, 1826, both of Tennessee. Ransom Smith was taken to Marion County by his father, Thomas Smith, when he was about four years of age, and still resides on the old home farm on which the father settled. The great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, Ransom Smith, was born in the Old North State and was a soldier of the Revolution. He was at one time a man of wealth, but he lost heavily through becoming security for his friends and afterward, with his sole possessions in a two-wheeled cart, moved into the wilds of Tennessee, in which State his descendants are now numerous. Ransom Smith, the father of Thomas H., was reared to a farm life, and, owing to temperate living, has reached the good old age of seventy-three years. He was for many years a Republican in politics, but is now a stanch Prohibitionist. He has accumulated a fair share of this world’s goods and an estate of 1,000 acres. He has always been a loyal citizen and during the...

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