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Orson Smith

Orson Smith, American banker.


  • Smith, Orson was born on December 14, 1841 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Orson and Mary Ann Smith.

  • Education

    • Education public and private schools, Chicago.


    • Began business career at 13 as “bundle boy” in retail dry goods store of Potter Palmer. A year later became clerk, banking house of F. Granger Adams. Cashier Corn Exchange National Bank, 1870-1881, and Corn Exchange Bank (state bank), 1881-1884.

      Vice president, 1884-1898, president, 1898-1916, then Chairman of the Board Merchants Loan and Trust Company Home: Chicago, Ill.


    • Married Anna M. Rice, December 14, 1871.
    • father: Orson Smith
    • mother: Mary Ann Smith
    • spouse: Anna M. Rice
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    Born December 14, 1841
    Died March 3, 1923
    (aged 81)