Was born in Howard County, Missouri, November 21, 1829. His father, Asa Smith, and his mother, Frankie Maupin Smith, are both natives of Kentucky. When about ten years of age our subject left Howard County for Daviess County. From that time his life was spent in Platte County, Saline County and Pay County. In 1866 lie returned to Daviess County, where he has since resided. January 28, 1866, he married Miss Mary A. Davis, daughter of James A. Davis, of Livingston County. The issue of this union is six children; viz., Francis P., James A., Emma K., Mary V., William S. and Marion C.
Mr. Smith has been township commissioner and clerk for some time, and in 1874-75 represented the County in the legislature. He is a man highly respected by all who know him.