Pulaski County

Biography - Lewis C. Smith

LEWIS C. SMITH, deceased. Among the men who have been identified with the business and social circles of Mound City, is he whose name heads this sketch. Although not an old settler, his memory is yet cherished by all who came in contact with him. He was born September 1, 1851, in Caledonia, Pulaski Co., Ill. His father was Judge H. M. Smith of this county. Lewis C. Smith was educated principally at Louisville. He chose the law as his profession, and to it he devoted his whole attention, being admitted to the bar June 15, 1874. He was afterward elected State's Attorney, which position he occupied at the time of his demise, which occurred May 7, 1879. At the residence of the bride's father, he was joined in matrimony, December 31, 1874, to Miss Hettie McGee, born December 2, 1852, in Pulaski County. She is a daughter of Judge Hugh McGee, born July 27, 1817, in Hopkinsville, Ky. He was a farmer by occupation, coming to this county in 1838, and settling near Grand Chain, where he yet resides. The mother of Mrs. Smith was Harriet S. (Metcalf) McGee, born December 5, 1824, in Kentucky, and died July 4, 1864, in this county. She was the daughter of Enoch Metcalf, a farmer by occupation, and is the mother of seven children, of whom three are living, viz.: Eliza E., Hettie M. and Ella Spence. Mrs. Hettie M. Smith was educated mainly in Carbondale, Ill. At the age of fifteen, she taught school at the "Ohio School," in this county, and continued to instruct the young till she was married. She is the mother of three children, viz.: Ethel H., born October 14, 1875; Hugh H., born April 22, 1877, and Louis C., deceased. After the death of her devoted husband, she once more took to the noble profession of teaching, being in the schools of Mound City from 1880 to the present time. In 1882, the people of Pulaski County honored her by electing her to the office of Superintendent of Public Schools, which position she occupies with tact and ability.

Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 278-279.


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