John Smith Sr.

John Thomas Smith Sr. (1857 - 1930)

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John Thomas Smith Sr.
Born in St. Louis City, St. Louis, Missouri, United Statesmap
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Died in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Sep 2017
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John was born in 1857. He passed away in 1930. [1]

John T. Smith, filling the office of city comptroller of Kansas City, is a man who has largely, devoted his life to the service and benefit of others and the results achieved through his labors have been far-reaching and effective. He was born in St. Louis, March 25, 1857, his parents being Patrick J. and Bridget (Sullivan) Smith both of whom were natives of Ireland. In early life they came to the new world and met in New Orleans, Louisiana, the wedding being celebrated in 1854. There they remained for a short time and afterwards made their way northward to St. Louis, where the father engaged in business.

John T. Smith was educated in the public schools of his native city and when his textbooks were put aside became connected with the cigar-manufacturing business, which he followed for twenty-two years in Kansas City, during which time he became identified with the labor organizations and for twenty-one years has been secretary of the Central Labor Organization of the American Federation of Labor. For an equal period he has been a member of the national organization and representative in that body for the Central organization, attending all conventions for the past sixteen years. One who has long know him said ‘He is a man of fine business ability. His outstanding characteristic is his inflexible integrity. He is also a master of detail. He has been president , secretary, and the heart and soul of the local trade union movement in Kansas City, has been a delegate to all state and national conventions and has served on legislative committees, fighting for the passage of just laws in city, state, and nation. He is a deep student of fundamental principles underlying trade unions and has sacrificially devoted his life to that work. He is an orator of ability. His power over his audiences is founded first upon his sincerity and then upon his terseness of expression. He has a most convincing manner , and while he speaks with deep feeling, there is a strain of logic always present, which makes him a most convincing speaker.”

In October, 1881 Mr. Smith was married in Kansas City to Miss Ellie Martin, whose parents were natives of Ireland. They have six children John, William, Mamie, Anastasia, Amanda, and Roy P. John and William were both soldiers of the World war connected with the infantry branch, and saw real service on the battlefields of France. During the war period Mr. Smith served as a member of the Department of Labor under Secretary Wilson, in charge of the speaker’s bureau and the mediation and conciliation department of the United States Labor Bureau. He had to do with all labor interests in the shipyards, docks, Navy, and munitions plants.

The religious faith of the family is that of the Catholic church and Mr. Smith is identified with the Woodmen of the World and with the Modern Woodmen of America, also with the Loyal Order of Moose. In politics he is a democrat, has been a delegate to the conventions of the party and fought the fight for a platform based on genuine democracy and with regard to the deeper and more vital principles that make for the advancement of the state and nation along social and economic lines. It was upon the democratic ticket that he was elected to the office which he now holds, that of city comptroller.

Mr. Smith’s activities have taken in the whole range of philanthropy, for he has ever manifested a lively interest in all charitable movements in Kansas City, especially as affecting the working man. He has published many pamphlets and contributed much to the discussion of social and economic questions, especially in the labor press of the country. He has been successful in the highest and broadest sense and has the respect and warm devotion of all who know him. He enjoys the abiding love of the members of labor organizations, which feeling is based upon the great sacrifices he has made for the cause, and his intelligent and unflagging fight to uphold its principles and have them expressed in action by the mass of the people. No one has ever doubted the honesty of his convictions nor questioned his devotion to any cause which he espouses.


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On 21 Dec 2017 at 06:20 GMT Esmé (Pieterse) van der Westhuizen wrote:

Smith-144156 and Smith-137443 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates and same spouse. - Father to be merged as well

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