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Isaac Newton Smithson

ISAAC NEWTON SMITHSON, of the firm of J. G. & N. Smithson, manufacturers of cotton goods, flour, meal, at the point known as Vale Mills in the Sixth District of Giles County, was born in 1858 in Alabama, and is a son of John G. and Ann V. Smithson, natives of Virginia, and Tennessee, respectively.Isaac received a liberal education in the Giles College, at Pulaski, and in early life assisted on the farm. He moved with his father to this State in 1866, and settled in Giles County. After completing his education at Giles College he was engaged as one of the teachers in that institution, and remained there one year. He then engaged in the book and stationery business until 1883, when he sold out his interest and moved to where he now resides at Vale Mills. The grades of flour manufactured by this firm are very fine, and their brand of flour known as "Excelsior" is extensively used in Middle Tennessee. September 10, 1884, Mr. Smithson led to the altar Louise C. Harrison, daughter of Col. Thomas J. and L. E. Harrison of Indiana. Our subject is Independent in political belief, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Smithson is a member of the K. of P., at Pulaski, and of English-Irish descent.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County