Biography of Mack S. Smith

Mack S. Smith, of Canandaigua, Ontario county, New York, a citizen whose integrity is widely recognized and whose capacity and executive ability have been shown in positions of public and private trust, is the son of Lindley W. and Caroline E. (Spalding) Smith, the former of whom was a well known resident of Ontario county, New York, who died at Chapinville, March 8, 1878, and the latter died at Canandaigua, New York, March 19, 1887.

Mack S. Smith was born in the town of Farmington, Ontario county, New York, August 14, 1854. He was educated in the Canandaigua Academy, and about a year and a half after finishing his studies at the Canandaigua Academy, he obtained employment in the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad Company’s freight office at Canandaigua and for nearly two years filled the positions of billing clerk and cashier. Resigning this position he accepted employment with the First National Bank of Canandaigua and remained with this bank for nearly seven years, after which he was engaged in the book and stationery business for a short period. In October, 1882, he entered the employ of McKechnie & Company, hankers, upon their organization, serving as teller. In 1884 he was appointed assistant cashier. Upon the death of Mr. Alfred Denbow, in February, 1900, he was appointed cashier and continued in this capacity until March i, 1899, when the institution went into voluntary liquidation, after the death of its last surviving partner, and was succeeded by the McKechnie Bank, a state institution. During the open seasons of 1901-02-03-04 he was at Nome, Alaska, attending to extensive mining interests in which he and his friends were interested.

In January, 1894, he was nominated and elected to membership in the village board of trustees, and by his associates in that body was called upon to officiate as president of the village. During his term in that office and largely at his initiative, the agitation for a new municipal water supply system was brought to a consummation, and he resigned from the village board early in 1895 to become a member of the commission appointed to carry out the decision of the citizens to build and place in operation such a plant. The duty was performed during that year in a manner that reflected the highest credit upon him and his associates. In 1905. as the result of an open competitive examination. Mr. Smith attained first position on an eligible list of candidates for the position of state bank examiner and received an appointment to that position, in which he has since served in a most acceptable manner. More recently his time has been principally occupied in the management of the large estate of the late Amory Houghton Jr., of Corning. New York.

Mr. Smith married, January 1, 1885, Nettie Roberts, of Phelps, Ontario county, New York.



Ontario County NY,

Milliken, Charles F. The History of Ontario County, New York, and Its People Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York. 1911.

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