Biography of Augustus A. Smith, Dr.
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Dr. Augustus A. Smith, son of Columbus and Annie McEachin Smith, was born in Telfair County, Georgia, July 15, 1846. At the age of fifteen, a few months before the close of the War Between the States, he enlisted in the Confderate Army, serving until the close of the war. In 1875 Dr. Smith was graduated with first honor from the Savannah Medical College, Savannah, Georgia, and served an interneship at the Savannah Hospital. In 1876 he moved to Hawkinsville, where he practiced medicine until the time of his death, November 26, 1925. He married Elizabeth Hodge of Henderson, Houston County, Georgia, November 25, 1879.
In 1893, at Columbus, Georgia, Dr. Smith was elected president of the Georgia Medical Association. Twenty-nine years from that date, in the same city, his nephew, Dr. J. M. Smith of Valdosta, who had begun the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Smith, was made president of the Georgia Medical Association. Dr. Augustus A. Smith had the distinction of being the first president of the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, 1895, on which board he served eight years. During the World War he served as a member of the Southern District of Georgia and Pulaski County draft boards. His brother, Judge C. C. Smith, who was eight years solicitor general and eight years judge of the Superior Court, was a resident of Hawkinsville.
Elizabeth Hodge Smith was born in Calhoun County, Georgia, December 9, 1855. During the War Between the States her family refugeed to Houston County, where she attended school before going to Mary Sharp College at Winchester, Tennessee, from which school
she was graduated with first honor in 1877. Mrs. Smith was president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and an educator in Hawkinsville for many years. She and her husband were members of the First Baptist Church of Hawkinsville. She died January 2, 1932.
The eight daughters are: Faustine, Maude (deceased), Kate (Mrs. Needham P. Jelks), and Mell (Mrs. Homer D. Knowles), all of whom attended Cox College; Mattie (Mrs. R. Walker Batts), and Ruby (Mrs. J. Byron Glover, of Savannah), who attended Agnes
Scott College; Pearle (Mrs. Roderick C. McIntosh, of Quitman), who attended Wesleyan College; and Gladys (deceased), who attended Brenau College.
The grandchildren are: Dr. Augustus Smith Batts, who was graduated from Emory University and Emory Medical College, and is now serving an interneship at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, Miami, Fla.; Homer Knowles, a student at Sherwood Music School, Chicago; Elizabeth Glover, graduate of Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, New York; and Catherine Glover, student at Pape School, Savannah.