George C. Smith
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

The subject of this sketch has been identified with the business interests of Morristown for the past ten years, and is a native of Morris county. He was born in Green Village, on the 1st of March, 1857, and is a son of Theodore and Susan (MILLER) SMITH. The father was a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and at the age of nineteen he came to New Jersey and engaged in teaching school, continuing to follow that vocation for several years. He then settled on a farm near New Vernon, and resided there until his death, which occurred in 1894. He married Miss Susan MILLER, a native of Green Village and a daughter of Isaac MILLER, who was a representative of one New Jersey's oldest families. Mrs. SMITH departed this life in 1860.

George C. SMITH was reared and educated, in Morris county near New Vernon, and at the age of sixteen years he moved to, Madison, New Jersey, remained there for a period of ten years, after which he came to Morristown. Here he engaged in various mercantile enterprises, finally embarking in the grocery business, which he has conducted until the present time. He began his practical career with limited capital, to which he added industry, application and perseverance, and these, combined with the strictest integrity of character, have resulted in his existing prosperity, his spacious, neatly kept and well stocked store being conclusive evidence of his success in this line of endeavor.

Mr. SMITH solemnized his marriage in 1883, when he was united to Miss Ella F. STEVENS, and he and his wife are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In June, 1892, the Epworth League connected with this church began the publication of the Epworth Recorder, a monthly journal, and from the time of its inception Mr. SMITH has held the position of editor.

In his political faith our subject is a stanch Democrat, and has served his party as a member of the Morris township committee and was city clerk and city treasurer of Morristown for one term. He was elected a member of the board of education of Morristown in 1898. He is public-spirited, energetic and progressive and retains the confidence and high regard of his fellow citizens.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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