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The progenitors of the family to which George Smith, the subject of this biography, is allied, were of Dutch extraction, though tradition has not preserved the date of their first settlement in the New World.
George, his grandfather, early resided in Goshen, but subsequently removed to Wallkill township, where his death occurred. He was married to Mary Tyler and became the father of a family of children, among whom was Ira, the father of George, who was born September, 1800, in Wallkill township, and remained with his parents during the early years of his life. After growing to man’s estate he made Mount Hope his residence, and became one of the enterprising agriculturists of the township. He was married to Miss Sallie, daughter of Robert Crawford, of Crawford township, and had children,— Robert C., Charles, William H., Gabriel S., Mary E., George, Oran, Ira, and Sarah F. After a life of unusual activity, the death of Mr. Smith occurred at Otisville, Feb. 28, 1879. His son George was born Feb. 8, 1835, in Otisville, where his early life was spent. After gaining by study at the neighboring public school such knowledge as enabled him to embark with success in the active duties of life, he began his career as a clerk in Otisville. A copartnership was formed in 1856 with Benjamin W. Dunning, and subsequently other business relations were established. He is now the senior member of the firm of Messrs. Reed & Smith, of Otisville, and extensively engaged in mercantile pursuits. Mr. Smith has for years identified himself with the public interests of the township of Mount Hope, and been chosen by his constituents for fourteen successive terms as supervisor, besides filling other minor positions of trust. He represents in politics the principles of the Democracy, of which he is an active exponent.
While his enterprise and capacity have rendered his life a successful one, his integrity and manliness have won for him the esteem and regard of his associates.