Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady


The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 


Lee R. Smith –

Among the most successful business men of Hammond is Lee R. Smith, who is cashier of the Citizens National Bank.  He was born in this city, April 18, 1882, the son of John A. and Cora (Starkweather) Smith.


Both John A. Smith and his wife were natives of Hammond.  Until 1908 he was interested in general farming and stock raising.  He served as superintendent of highways for many years and died in 1923.  His wife died in 1915.  They are buried at Morristown.  Mr. Smith was a Democrat, a member of the First Congregational Church, and belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being past noble grand.  To John A. and Cora (Starkweather) Smith was born one child, Lee R., the subject of this sketch.  Mr. Smith was married (second) to Mrs. Celia S. Wiggins.  She died in 1921 and is buried at Canton, N.Y.


Lee R. Smith received his education in the Hammond public schools and in 1903 was graduated from Potsdam Normal School.  For a time he was a clerk in the store of Haller & Jones of Watertown.  In 1906 he became manager of his father’s farm and ten years later was appointed postmaster of Hammond, which office he held from April 1916 until February 1922.  He was been cashier of the Citizen’s National Bank since March 1922 and in 1930 was president of the St. Lawrence County Bankers Association.


In 1907 Mr. Smith was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Johnston, the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Johnston.  The former is deceased and the latter resides at Hammond.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith have two children:  1. Robert J., a graduate of Hammond High School, attends St. Lawrence University, Class of 1932, and member of Sigma Pi fraternity.  2. Frances E., a student.


Mr. Smith is a Democrat, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and belongs to Hammond Lodge, F. and A. M. No. 861, and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Noble Grand.



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