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 John Peter Smith

John Peter Smith

Birth
Owen County, Kentucky, USA
Death 11 Apr 1901 (aged 69)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Plot Section 11, Lot 1 & 2
Memorial ID 9616 · View Source
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Western Pioneer. Born in Kentucky, he relocated to the Texas Territory 1853. He worked as a teacher, clerk and surveyor before his appointment as Deputy Surveyor of the Denton Land Department in 1855. He also was a student of law and was later admitted to the bar in 1860. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Army Texas 7th Calvary and was severely wounded at Donaldsville, Louisiana. After the war, returned to Fort Worth, where he became involved in the development of the City. He helped organize a bank, gas light company and street railway. He also donated land for parks, cemeteries, the first stockyard in Fort Worth and a hospital, later named the John Peter Smith Hospital. In 1882, he became Mayor serving until 1891 and directed the establishment of many public services, including the school system and the water department. He died at age 69 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9616
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Peter Smith (16 Sep 1831–11 Apr 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9616, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .