Hon. Harvey H. Smith. For
at least thirty years Harvey H. Smith’s activities in the law and in
democratic politics have been increasingly valuable and influential.
He has been successively identified with the states of Kentucky,
South Dakota and Oklahoma. Mr. Smith is particularly well known as a
man of affairs in Shawnee, where he has lived since a few months
He is not
disinclined to credit his worthy ancestors with some responsibility
for his own success in life. Mr. Smith’s parents were M. and Mary E.
(Smith) Smith. His parents, though of the same name, were not
related. On the paternal side the ancestors came from England to
Virginia and Pennsylvania in colonial times. Mr. Smith of Shawnee and
the late Hopkinson Smith, the brilliant author-artist, and Senator
Hoke Smith of Georgia have a common ancestry in the early annals of
America. The maternal ancestry of Mr. Smith is even more notable.
They likewise came from England in colonial times and settled first
in North Carolina and later in Virginia, and from there went across
as pioneers to the Kentucky region long before the Revolution. Maj.
James Smith and two brothers departed for the Kentucky Territory in
1752, even before Daniel Boone made his exploits famous in that
region. Maj. James Smith served with that rank and title during the
Indian wars, and was a military instructor at one time in the old
St. Mary’s College of Virginia. His writings were the first papers
to be preserved by the Filson Club of Louisville, a club which has
collected and preserved the most interesting and valuable archives of
the Kentucky region. Mr. Smith’s great-grandfather on the maternal
side was Capt. William Smith, and he was known as the founder of the
Universalist Church in Kentucky and was a pioneer physician there,
and gained his rank of captain by service in the Indian wars. Maj.
James Smith had a grand-nephew, Z. F. Smith, who was a Presbyterian
minister and superintendent of public instruction in Kentucky, and
wrote a standard history of that state. Z. F. Smith died in 1904.
Senator Smith of North Carolina is a descendant from the same stock.
Harvey H. Smith of
Shawnee was born at Vine Grove in Hardin County, Kentucky, October
17, 1809. His father, M. Smith, was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in
1835, but in early life went to Hardin County, Kentucky, where he was
reared and married, and became well known as a farmer and banker. He
spent practically all his life in Hardin County and died in 1905
while on a visit at Armour, South Dakota. He was a loyal democrat.
During the war between the states he served under two of the most
brilliant Confederate leaders, John Morgan and General Forrest. The
mother, whose maiden name was Mary E. Smith, was born in Hardin
County, Kentucky, and is still living at Vine Grove in that state.
Her children were: Maggie, who is the wife of Henry Ditto, a farmer
and stock man at Vino Grove, Kentucky: Rebecca, wife of G. E.
McMurtry, who is president of the Farmers National Bank at Vine
Grove, Kentucky; Harvey H.; and Silas H., who is a lawyer, is now
connected with the Interstate Commerce Commission and resides at
Educated in the
common schools of Hardin County, Kentucky, Harvey H. Smith graduated
from high school in 1884, spent a year and a half in the National
Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, one year in the Normal School at
Glasgow, Kentucky, one year in the Springfield Institute at
Springfield, Tennessee, and followed that with two years in the
University of Indiana at Bloomington, leaving that institution when
in his senior year.
Mr. Smith began the
study of law at Lexington, Kentucky, in the winter of 1887 under W.
C. Breckenridge, one of Kentucky’s most prominent attorneys. He then
entered the Louisville Law School at Louisville, and finished both
the junior and senior courses in one year. On examination by the
Court of Appeal in April, 1889, he was admitted and soon afterwards
went to the Southwest and spent one year in practice at Dallas,
Texas. After that for eight years Mr. Smith was a lawyer at
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and in 1890 was elected a member of the
constitutional convention which drew up the present organic law for
the State of Kentucky. In 1891 he was appointed by Governor John
Young Brown as secretary of the Statutory Commission. While still
living in Kentucky in 1894 he was candidate for the democratic
nomination for Congress, and was defeated by A. B. Montgomery. It may
perhaps be stated as significant that Mr. Montgomery was defeated at
the election by the republican candidate, although the district was
normally 5,000 democratic.
In 1896 Mr. Smith
removed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was engaged in the practice
of law in that city until 1902. In that time he served as temporary chairman of the
South Dakota Democratic Convention in 1900, and was both temporary
and permanent chairman of the state democratic convention of that
state in 1902. In 1900 he refused the democratic nomination for
governor. From 1902 to 1906 he was engaged in practice at Armour,
South Dakota. While at Armour he established the First National Bank
and was its vice president, and also established the Farmers &
Merchants Bank at Geddes, of which he was a director. His business
interests for many years have been of wide scope. While in South
Dakota he established and was proprietor of the Runningmead Stock
Farm, which came in for more than local fame as a center for fine
It was in February,
1907, Mr. Smith came to Oklahoma, and has since had his home
at Shawnee, His work as a lawyer connects him with some of the very
important litigation in both civil and criminal law, and he has well
furnished offices in the Mammoth Building. In Oklahoma also he has
been called upon for public service. In 1912 he was elected to the
State Legislature, and in the following session was candidate for
speaker of the House, being defeated by J. H. Maxey. In 1914 he was
candidate for democratic nomination for Congress, and was defeated by
Hon. William H. Murray, the veteran Oklahoma politician, but only by
Mr. Smith is a
member of the Pottawatomie County Bar Association, is affiliated with
the Knights of Pythias Lodge at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, with the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of the
Maccabees at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Anderson, Indiana, in
1897, he married Miss Nellie Ozias, daughter of William Ozias, who is
a physician and surgeon, now living at Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Mr.
Smith and wife are the parents of two children: Mary Arlene, a senior
in the high school at Shawnee; and Virginia Marion, a freshman in