Daniel R. Smith

Brief Life History of Daniel R.

When Daniel R. Smith was born on 11 October 1877, in Bedford Township, Monroe, Michigan, United States, his father, Fernando B Smith, was 31 and his mother, Olive Susan Sears, was 33. He married Georgia O Kidman on 21 February 1906, in Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Snohomish, Washington, United States in 1935 and Soldiers Home Election Precinct, Pierce, Washington, United States in 1940. He died on 18 March 1949, at the age of 71, and was buried in Orting, Pierce, Washington, United States.

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Daniel R. Smith
1877–1949
Georgia O Kidman
1885–1934
Marriage: 21 February 1906
Clyde Rosewell Smith
1907–1968
Louis Aiken Smith
1908–1960
Velma Gertrude Smith
1911–1995
Infant Smith
1914–1914
Carl Lester Smith
1921–1985

Sources (23)

  • Daniel R Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Daniel R. Smith, "Michigan, Births, 1867-1902"
  • Daniel R. Smith, "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925"

World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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