|Birth: ||May 9, 1829|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1900|
Brig. General Arthur A. Smith
Son of Erastus & Martha Smith was born in Batavia Claremont Co. Ohio, May 9th 1829. The family removed to Illinois in the fall of 1840 and settled upon a farm in Knox Co. there he stayed until the fall of 1848 when he became a student of the preparatory department of Knox College, graduating with high honors in 1853.
He then commenced the study of law until 1855, when he was admitted to the bar. He opened his first office in Galesburg and was rapidly building up a thriving practice when at the out break of the Civil War, he gave up his practice for his country's service. Colonel Smith won much disinction as a military man and he remained faithful to his country's cause until the close of the war, when he was mustered out and brevetted with the rank and title of Brigadier General. When he returned home to Galesburg he once again began to practice law until in 1867 he was appointed by Gov. Oglesby, Judge of the Circuit Court were he performed his duty faithfully, wisely and justly until his retirement in 1889 due to ill health. He was a proud memeber of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and was state Commander from 1876-79. He was also a memeber of the Loyal Legion; and was a trustee of Knox College for over 20 years. He was buried with full military honors in the G.A.R. Section of the Galesburg Cemetery.
Mary E Benner Smith (1835 - 1926)*
Arthur A Smith (1859 - 1914)*
DeWitt D Smith (1861 - 1928)*
Loyal L Smith (1864 - 1944)*
Benner X Smith (1868 - 1920)*
Blanche Ward Smith Bates (1879 - 1915)*
Plot: G.A.R. Section
Created by: Herbert Rickards
Record added: Mar 24, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13720796