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Smith, Benjamin H.

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According to the inscription on Norman's Woe, 1861 (inv. 114), a painting was made for Benjamin H. Smith after the drawing. Benjamin H. Smith (1834-1880) practiced law in Gloucester. He was born in Rockport, Massachusetts, and studied law at Yale University, graduating in 1858.

Benjamin Smith was very active in local civic affairs, and in 1863 and 1864 represented Gloucester in the General Court. He delivered the dedication speeches for both of Gloucester's Town Halls (1867 and 1871). He also served as a director of the Gloucester Lyceum and as a trustee of Gloucester's public library fund.

In 1860, Benjamin Smith married Harriet Sayward of East Gloucester. Their wedding took place in the Gloucester Universalist Church under the direction of the Reverend W. R. G. Mellen. Harriet died in 1874 and Benjamin six years later at the age of forty-seven (November 23, 1880). They left behind two young daughters.

–Martha Oaks

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