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Re: Jacob Smith's daughter Jennie/Jenny
Posted by: Ted Pack (ID *****6680) Date: October 22, 2004 at 12:01:21
In Reply to: Smith, Ira D., b. 1852 VT by maria kagee of 964

First, thank you for sharing.

Second, do you have the title and publisher of the book this invaluable data came from?

Third, I think this is Jacob Smith's daughter, Jennie Francis:

The Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of men of Chicago, Iowa and the World's Columbian Exposition. Chicago and New York: American Biographical Publishing Company, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co. 1893. Pages 129 - 130.

RICHARD STANLEY TUTHILL

Chicago, Illinois

JUDGE RICHARD S. TUTHILL, youngest son of Daniel B. Tuthll, a native of Bennington county, Vermont, and Sally (Strong) Tuthill, a native of Vergennes, Vermont, was born at Vergennes, in "Tuthill's Prairie," Jackson county, Illinois, November 10th, 1841. His ancestors, in both branches of his family, were among the earliest settlers in New England, having emigrated to the new world with the Puritans prior to the year 1640. Daniel B. Tuthill, his father, a classical scholar of high attainments, entered Middlebury (Vt,) College, but owing to ill health he reluctantly left college before graduating. The Strongs - his mother's family - were from the first, and have ever been, warm friends and supporters of Middlebury College, an uncle of Mrs. Tuthill, Hon. Seth Storrs, having donated its beautiful site and spacious grounds nearly one hundred years ago.

Richard S. began his preparatory collegiate studies at the St. Louis High School; continued them under a private tutor and completed them at the Illinois College, at Jacksonville. He entered the freshman class of Middlebury College in September 1859 and graduated with high honors in the class of 1863.

Immediately after graduation, he joined the army in the field at Vicksburg, and served for some months in a company of scouts attached to Gen. John A Logan's command, when he was commissioned a lieutenant in the famous battery known in the Army of the West as "De Go1yer's Black Horse Battery". (Company H of the First Michigan Light Artillery). He served with them, being twice promoted, until the close of the war. He was with Gen. Sherman's army in the march to Meridian, through the entire campaign against Atlanta, and finally, in the campaign under Gen. George H. Thomas, back into Tennessee in pursuit of Hood, taking an active part in the closing and decisive battle of Nashville. Army life, even in active service in the field, has many unoccupied hours, and having provided himself with a few books, Lieutenant Tuthill improved his time by reading law. As soon as it became apparent that the war was over, he resigned his commission in May, 1865 and continued his legal studies thereafter uninterruptedly in the office of Hon. H. H. Harrison, United States District Attorney, at Nashville, Tennessee, until admitted to the bar at Nashville in the spring of 1866. In 1867 he was elected Attorney-General (States Attorney) of the Nashville circuit.

In 1868, at Vergennes, Vermont, he married Jennie F Smith, of that city, who died at Nashville, December 22, 1872, leaving a daughter. Soon after this sad event he returned to his native state in 1873, and established himself at Chicago, where he soon became known as an able lawyer and a forcible and effective speaker

In 1875 he was elected City Attorney of Chicago, and re-elected in 1877. Judge Tuthill has always been an active Republican, and in every campaign since the war has rendered valuable services both as a speaker and in the councils of the party. He was a delegate in the memorable Republican National Convention held at Chicago in 1880, being one of the one hundred and six known as "The Old Guard," who voted continuously for the nomination of General Ulysses S. Grant, "of Appomattox". In recognition of his standing and success at the bar President Arthur, early in February, 1884, appointed him United States District Attorney at Chicago, which position he filled with distinction and resigned after the inauguration of President Cleveland, though permitted to remain for nearly a year and a half in office under his administration.

In April 1887 by the death of Hon. John G. Rogers., an eminent judge for many years of the Circuit Court, a vacancy occurred on the bench of this court. Judge Tuthill was selected, not only by his own party but by the Democratic party as well, to succeed Judge Rogers, and was elected by nearly fifty thousand majority over his opponent who was put forward by what was known as the "Socialist element". In June1891he was re-elected for the full term of six years to succeed himself.

Judge Tuthill was married a second time, January, 1877, to Miss Harriet McKey, daughter of Edward McKey, a leading dry goods merchant of Janesvile, Wisconsin. Six children - five girls and a son, Richard S., Jr. - now comprise the family.

Judge Tuthull, although hardly more than in the prime of life, is one of the most active citizens of Chicago in every movement which has for its object the promotion of the general welfare of the city or it citizens. He is actively identified with several charitable organizations, among which are those seeking to assist and promote the moral and mental training of poor and destitute children.

Judge Tuthill is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of various Masonic bodies, as well as of the Union League, Illinois and other clubs. Amid all these activities Judge Tuthill has never forgotten the habits of the student which he acquired in his early life, and he has done much in public addresses and speeches to delight, entertain and instruct many cultivated audiences which have made demands upon his time and talent.


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