WILLIAM H. SMITH, of the Canton bar, of which he has been a member for a third of a century, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, November 30, 1864, and grew up on a farm there. When he was sixteen years of age his parents moved to Wellsville, Ohio, where he completed his high school education. In 1888 he graduated from Wooster University, and in 1890 was graduated from the Cincinnati Law School and admitted to the bar by the Ohio Supreme Court. In June, 1890, he came to Canton, where he has practiced his profession ever since. He handles an important general practice, and has a number of business interests, being a director in and attorney for the Citizens Building & Loan Company. He was elected mayor of Canton in 1904, serving one term, and is a member of the Stark County Bar Association and the Masonic Order. He is a republican and belongs to the Brookside and Congress Lake Country clubs.

Mr. Smith married Miss Elizabeth Frease, a daughter of Judge Joseph Frease, one of the most distinguished jurists in the early history of Stark County. When Judge Frease was elected to the common pleas bench in 1867 he was succeeded in the law firm of Belden & Frease by a young attorney, William McKinley, who for a number of years practiced law in the courts presided over by Judge Frease. Judge Frease was a member of the Ohio bar from 1851 until his death in 1909.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith have three children, Elizabeth F., Joseph F. and Eleanor R.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III