ROBERT SMYTH, one of the pioneers of Linn County, was born in Ireland,
February 26, 1814. He came to America in 1834 and located in Linn County, Iowa, in
1840. Here he became an extensive dealer in real estate and afterwards
engaged in banking. He was a member of the Sixth Territorial Legislature in 184304
and of the State Legislature in 1846-8. Mr. Smyth was again a member in 1868,
serving four years in the Senate. In 1884 he served in the House of the
Twentieth General Assembly forty years after he first became an Iowa lawmaker.
Colonel Smyth was one of the paymasters of the United States army for several
years, disbursing more than $10,000,000 during his term. He died at Mount
Vernon April 3, 1898.
Debbie Clough Gerischer
Iowa Gen Web, Assistant CC, Scott County
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