Biographical Sketch of Hon. Wiliam Remsen Smith

Hon Wiliam Remsen Smith Mayor of Sioux City, was born at Baregat, Ocean County, New Jersey, December 30th, 1828. At sixteen, he went to New York City, whence he removed to Macon, Mich. Returning to New York City, he studied medicine, after which he again located at Macon, where he practiced three years in partnership with Dr. Joseph Howell. In 1856 Dr. Smith removed to Sioux City. Here he practiced medicine for eleven years. In the spring of 1861, he was a first lieutenant of the Sioux City cavalry. About this time he was appointed government surgeon, holding that position until 1863. In March 1863, he was elected Mayor of Sioux City. For several years after the rebellion closed, he acted as examining surgeon for the pension bureau. He was appointed receiver of the U.S. land office in 1865, and was one of the incorporators of the First National bank of Sioux City, and of the Sioux City & St. P. and S.C. and Pembina railroads. Dr. Smith has held a number of minor responsible public positions. He was one of the honorary commissioners of Iowa to the Paris exposition of 1878, traveled extensively through Europe, and while in England was made a member of the famous Cobden Club. He is now a correspondent of the leading agricultural journals of England. He was elected to his present office in 1881. In July 1859, he was married to Rebecca Osborne, of Macon, Mich.



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