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Smith, Matthew; pres. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.; born, County Tyrone, Ireland, Nov. 9, 1856; educated in the National schools of Ireland; married, 1887, to Irene M. French, of Cleveland; issue, two sons and two daughters; came to the United States in 1872, and entered the employ of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., starting with addressing envelopes until 1880, when he was sent to Cleveland to take charge of the business here, operating thirteen large stores; now sole proprietor of these and other stores; vice pres. and director the Schafer-Suhr Coal Co.; member Emanuel Episcopal Church and vestryman; Iris Lodge, No. 229, F. & A. M.; past high priest of Cleveland Chapter, No. 148, R. A. M.; member Cleveland Council, No. 36, R. & S. M.; past commander Holyrood Commandery, No. 32, K. T.; member all the Scottish Rite bodies and of Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine; also 33rd degree, of northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the U. S.; treas. Masonic Temple Ass’n; summer home at Salida Beach, Mentor, 0.

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