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Smith, Charles Henrylocked

(15 June 1826–24 August 1903)
  • L. Moody Simms

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Smith, Charles Henry (15 June 1826–24 August 1903), humorist, was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the son of Asahel Reid Smith and Caroline Ann Maguire. One of ten children, he attended the Gwinnet County Manual Labor Institute and clerked in his father’s store. In 1844 he entered Franklin College (later the University of Georgia), but he left in 1847, before completing his degree, when his father’s illness forced him to return home and manage the family store. Smith married sixteen-year-old Mary Octavia Hutchins in 1849; they eventually had thirteen children. After briefly studying law, Smith was admitted to the bar and became a lawyer traveling for the Georgia Circuit Court. Moving his growing family to Rome, Georgia, in 1851, he formed a law partnership with John W. H. Underwood. A respected member of the Rome community, Smith became clerk of the city council in 1852 and city alderman in 1861....

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