THOMAS B. SMITH, ex-treasurer of the Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, and a well-known citizen, was born in 1836, in the historic old house at No. 925 Shipley street, Wilmington, which still stands. His parents were John T. and Sarah O'Hara Smith. Mr. Smith's early education was received in the public schools of Wilmington, and on the 8th of June, 1852, he entered the employ of the corporation above referred to. Mr. Smith's services for the Harlan & Hollingsworth Company speak for themselves. In the forty-one years of his business career in this connection, he rose from the capacity of office boy to the position of treasurer of the company. Mr. Smith has now retired from active connection with this corporation and from business life. He, however, retains the position of vice president of the Equitable Guarantee & Trust Company. Politically, our subject is a member of the Delaware House of Representatives, and was a State Commissioner to the World's Columbian Exposition. He is a trustee of the State Hospital for Insane at Farnhurst, and of the Delaware Hospital at Wilmington. In private life Mr. Smith is the husband of Miss Eliza A. Kirk, formerly of Baltimore, Maryland. They have four children, two sons and two daughters. The family residence is at No. 914 Jefferson street. Mr. Smith is a member and trustee of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been one of Wilmington's most progressive citizens, and is essentially a self-made man.
Source Page 237, History of Wilmington, compiled by Every Evening, Wilmington DE., 1894
His early working years beginning as a grocer's helper: https://www.newspapers.com/image/160105173/?terms=%22thomas%2Bb%2Bsmith%22
His lovely former country home "Highfield" was purchased to be used as a Masonic retirement home.
1850 census http://interactive.ancestry.com/8054/4193079-00521/19356066?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2f%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3findiv%3d1%26db%3d1850usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26MSAV%3d1%26gss%3dangs-d%26gsfn%3djohn%2bt%26gsfn_x%3dNP_NN%26gsln%3dsmith%26gsln_x%3dNS_NP_NN%26msypn__ftp%3dWilmington%252c%2bNew%2bCastle%252c%2bDelaware%252c%2bUSA%26msypn%3d6033%26msypn_PInfo%3d8-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3244%257c10%257c0%257c2156%257c6033%257c0%257c%26cpxt%3d1%26uidh%3drze%26cp%3d12%26pcat%3d35%26fh%3d4%26h%3d19356066%26recoff%3d%26ml_rpos%3d5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnRecord
Is living at 15 Poplar in his brother-in-law's home in the1857 Wilmington Directory: http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/19716/1485
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