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J. Gregory Smith papers, 1810-1899.
Smith, J. Gregory 1818-1891.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MS 84  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Smith, J. Gregory (John Gregory), 1818-1891.
Title : J. Gregory Smith papers, 1810-1899.
Physical Description : 8 linear ft. (12 boxes, 7 vols).
General Note : Continued in MS 85-93, 95, 96, XMSC 48, 1-7.
Summary :

The J. Gregory Smith papers are made up of business and personal papers of Smith and chronicle his involvement with the Vermont Central Railroad and Vermont and Canada Railroad. There is correspondence from 1839 to 1899 to and from Smith, primarily concerning railroad business, but there is also some personal correspondence with family members. Some of the early correspondence is Smith's father, John, 1851-4, and in the later years there is correspondence of his son, E. C. Smith, 1897, both of whose careers in railroading overlapped J. Gregory's. The correspondence series also include letterbooks of Smith's outgoing letters, 1882-1891.

There are papers of the Vermont Central Railroad Company, 1849-1873, the Central Vermont Railroad Company, 1874-1891; the Vermont and Canada Railroad, 1845-1879, the Consolidated Railroad, ca. 1877-1884, and the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1866-1882. There are also a few papers of other businesses owned and operated by the Smith family including Smith, Brainerd and Company, 1853; the National Car Company, 1877; and the Saint Albans Iron and Steel Works, 1872-1883. Other railroads and businesses represented in the collection are the Canada and Atlantic Railway Company, 1879-1896; Burlington and Lamoille Railroad, 1880-1888; Grand Trunk Railway Company, 1883-1889; Missisquoi Valley Railway Company, 1870-1883; New London Northern Railroad and New London Steamboat Company, 1882-1885; Saint Albans and Richford Plank Road Company, 1850; and the Waterloo, Magog Railway Company, 1881-1883. There are also miscellaneous papers of a few other companies.

Biographical or historical data :

J. (John) Gregory Smith was born in Saint Albans, Vermont, July 22, 1818, the son of John and Maria (Curtis) Smith. He attended the University of Vermont and Yale Law School, was admitted to the Vermont bar in 1842. J. Gregory Smith married Ann Eliza Brainerd of Saint Albans, in 1843 and together they had six children: George Gregory (married Frances Lewis), Edward Curtis (married Anna B. James), Lawrence (died in infancy), Annie B., Julia B. (married Oliver Stevens), Helen L. (married D. Sage Mackay). Smith died November 6, 1891.

In 1858, J. Gregory Smith became president of the Vermont Central Railroad. With the reorganization of the railroads in Vermont, Smith became president of the Central Vermont, and the Consolidated Railroad. From 1866 to about 1872 he was president of the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Smith family also owned the St. Albans Foundry, the National Car Company, and its subsidiary the Vermont Iron and Car Company.

Smith was active in politics and was elected state senator in 1858 and 1859; representative in 1860, 1861, and 1862, and governor in 1863, an office he held for two terms.

Personal Subject : Clark, Aaron.
Booth, J.P.
Day, Frank, fl. 1885.
Day, Robert, fl. 1885.
Lasall, Ralph.
Cheney, B.P., fl. 1869-1884.
Corporate Subject : Canada and Atlantic Railway Co.
Burlington and Lamoille Railroad.
Grand Trunk Railway Co.
Missisquoi Valley Railway Co.
New London Northern Railroad.
New London Steamboat Co.
Saint Albans and Richford Plank Road Co.
Waterloo, Magog Railway Co.
American Loan and Trust Co.
Atlantic and Northwest Railway Co.
Barre Railroad Co.
Boston, Clinton and Fitchburg Railroad Co.
Old Colony Railroad Co.
Congregational Church St. Albans, Vt.
Canadian Pacific Railroad.
Great Eastern Fast Freight Line.
Montreal and Lachine Railroad.
Montreal and Sorel Railroad.
Mystic River Corp.
National Steamship Co.
New Hampshire Railroad Co.
New York and Boston Rapid Transit.
New York, Boston, and Montreal Railway Co.
North Shore Railway Co.
Northern Railroad Co.
Ocean Terminal Railroad.
Passumpsic Railroad.
Plattsburgh and Montreal Railroad.
Qu├ębec Bank.
Rutland and Burlington Railroad.
Rutland Railroad Company.
Scranton Steel Co.
Vermont Valley Railroad.
Subject Term : Railroads Vermont Records and correspondence.
Railroads Vermont Management.
Railroads Timetables.
Railroad law.
Geographic Term : Vermont Politics and government.
Added Author : Smith, John, 1789-1858.
Smith, Worthington C., 1823-1894.
Smith, Edward C., 1854-1935.
Added Author : Canada and Atlantic Railroad Co. (Ottawa, Ont.)
Vermont Central Railroad Co. (Northfield, Vt.)
Central Vermont Railroad Co. (St. Albans, Vt.)
Vermont and Canada Railroad (Montpelier, Vt.)
Consolidated Railroad (Vt.)
Northern Pacific Railroad (New York, N.Y.)
Smith, Brainerd and Co. (St. Albans, Vt.)
National Car Co.
Saint Albans Iron and Steel Works (St. Albans, Vt.)
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