Lee County Biography


Clyde Smith, a member of the law firm of Trusdell, Smith & Leech of Dixon, is recognized as a man of broad legal learning and the analytical trend of his mind, together with the readiness with which he grasps the points in an argument are salient features in his success as a practitioner in the courts of the district. He was born in Paw Paw, this county, and is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Illinois, a family who arrived here in 1837. The Smiths came to America from Scotland by sailing craft. They reached Chicago after a long and tedious journey and made their way at once to Lee county where they settled at what is known as Smith's Grove. One of the brothers, David S., is still living there at the ripe old age of eighty-two years. Another brother, Robert Smith, the father of Clyde Smith, followed the occupation of farming throughout the period of his residence in this county. He married Harriet Baisley and they here reared their family. For more than three quarters of a century the family has been represented here and have borne an active and helpful part in the work of general progress and improvement, contributing in substantial measure to the county's development and prosperity.

Clyde Smith acquired his education in the public schools and afterward attended the University of Michigan, in which he pursued a classical course, winning the Bachelor of Arts degree upon graduation in 1886. Having determined upon the practice of law as a life work, and preparing for the profession at Ottawa, he then located at Paw Paw, where he continued in practice until 1890. He then came to Dixon and about 1900 entered into partnership with A. K. Trusdell, the relation being still maintained. Mr. Smith engages in the general practice of law and while advancement at the bar is proberbially slow, nevertheless it was .not long before he became recognized as a capable lawyer. Well versed in the learning of his profession with a deep knowledge of human nature and the springs of human conduct, with great shrewdness and sagacity and extraordinary tact, he is in the courts an advocate of great power and influence.

Mr. Smith, in his fraternal relations, is an Elk, while his political allegiance is given to the progressive party. He is at all times a deep thinker and clear reasoner, not only in connection with his profession, but upon all matters of vital interest effecting the welfare of city, state and nation.

History of Lee County 1914 by Frank E. Stevens


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