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David M. Smith was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, October 10, 1840; son of John J. and Sarah Smith. His father is a native of Virginia, and his mother of Tennessee. His parents were married in Tennessee and moved to Kentucky, then to Illinois, and in the spring of 1840, to Jefferson county, Iowa. His mother died March 17, 1871; his father is still a resident of Wapello county, Iowa. Our subject was reared and educated in Jefferson county, Iowa, and there, May 2, 1861, married Miss Elizabeth Howard, a native of Pennsylvania, born April 15, 1841. Her parents came from Pennsylvania in 1869 and settled in Lee county, Iowa. Her mother is dead; her father is still a resident of Iowa. Mr. Smith engaged in farming in Iowa until 1876, and then removed to Daviess county. Nine children have blessed their union, six of whom are living; viz., William L., born December 24,1861; David, born December 26, 1863; John G., born July 18, 1865; Isaac W., born August 7, 1867; Henry, born June 7, 1869; Samuel, born November 24, 1871; Asa M., born April 15, 1874; Margaret E., born December 11, 1876; James T., born September 11, 1880; David, Samuel and James are -dead. Mr. Smith, since coming to Missouri, has secured a home of 100 acres of land improved and stocked. He is an earnest advocate of good -schools, and politically is a staunch Democrat.