James Albert Smith, son of David and Hannah (Snodgrass) Smith, was born in Independence, Washington county, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1860. In boyhood he attended the district schools near Washington, Pennsylvania, Claysville, and the Zion Hill School in Buffalo township. When he was seventeen years of age he began his career as a school teacher, a calling in which he continued for seventeen years, all of which time, with the exception of three terms in Missouri, was spent in his native county. Besides being an instructor in several normal schools he was at different times principal of the schools at McDonald, Bridgeville, Noblestown and Burnsville. After his retirement from the pedagogical profession he purchased a fully equipped printing office and began the publication of a newspaper at McDonald, Pennsylvania, the journal named the McDonald Telephone, and was its editor from 1894 until 1897, disposing of the paper in the latter year to Frank Smith. He was then employed as bill clerk for Rineck-Wilson, on Wood street. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, subsequently being promoted to the position of head bookkeeper of the purchasing department, remaining with that firm until 1906. In 1907 he moved to Ingram, Pennsylvania, building a house at No. 29 Union street, and since that year has been engaged in real estate dealing in that place. Numerous important transactions in property in and around Ingram have been conducted through his office, and he cares for the requirements of a business of generous dimensions. He is a member of the National Union, politically is a Democrat, and with his wife belongs to the Presbyterian Church of Ingram, which he serves as elder. Mr. Smith married (first) in August, 1884, Ida Fleming, born at Burgettstown, Washington county, Pennsylvania, died in March, 1887, daughter of Isaac Fleming, a merchant; married (second) in October, 1892, Virginia Pinkerton, born at Midway, Washington county. Pennsylvania, daughter of Hunter and Sarah Pinkerton, both deceased, her father a farmer. Child of James Albert and Ida (Fleming) Smith: Albert Fleming, born May 5, 1885, lives at home. Children of James Albert and Virginia (Pinkerton) Smith: i. Genevieve, born March 24, 1895. 2. Roland, born February 4, 1900. 3. Lucile, born July 8, 1901. 4. James, born August II, 1908.
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