Genealogy and Local History
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We are proud to embrace among our noted men of the Champlain Valley, the widely known railroad pioneer and manager, and Vermont's war governor, J. Gregory Smith, who died at his home in St. Albans, on Nov 12th, 1892.
Born in the beautiful village at the foot of the Champlain Valley on the east, which, from the cradle to the grave, has been his home, graduating at the Vermont University, at Burlington, Governor of the State which forms the eastern shore of Lake Champlain its entire length, and making the Champlain Valley the center of his great railroad operations for a third of a century, S.[sic] Gregory Smith is an especially suitable subject for our series of portraits and sketches.
While the Goulds and Vanderbilts, and other great railraod kings have almost invariably settled in the great commercial and financial centers, and been to a large extent identified with the interests of the cities, J. Gregory Smith passed his long and useful life at his quiet country home among the green hills of Vermont, a practical farmer, and a representative of the agricultural interests of the Green Mountain State.