CHARLES B. SMITH, Captain, Company "I"
The Hon. Charles B. Smith, one of the uncertified Congressmen of West Virginia, who has the responsibility of Federal patronage distribution without the compensatory salary attached, resides at Parkersburg, in the Fourth Congressional District. He was born near his present residence, February 24, 1844. His grand father, Robert Smith, came from England in 1819 and settled in Wood county; and his father was an excellent tinner, and died in 1867. The son had the benefit of common and select schools, under Professor John C. Nash and others. In February, 1864, he enlisted in the First West Virginia Cavalry, and was in succession promoted to second lieutenant, first lieutenant and captain of Co. I. He was with Sheridan down the Shenandoah Valley, and at the surrender at Appomattox, and was mustered out in July, 1865. He then engaged in steamboating from Parkersburg to Gallipolis, Ohio, to the year 1870. He has been in the oil business; in the wholesale queensware trade in 1879, and a contractor upon the Ohio River Railroad at its construction from the Little to the Great Kanawha river. He served as Recorder of Parkersburg in 1875-6; was a member of the Council in 1877, and Mayor from 1878 to 1880, and Sheriff of Wood county from January, 1881, to January, 1885.
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