John Jay Smith portrait, 1876
Portrait of John Jay Smith (1683-1881) from the second of two photograph albums of important Philadelphians created by W. Curtis Taylor and Company for the Centennial Exhibition. Smith was an editor and librarian, an entrepreneur who founded the Pennsylvania Gazette. Smith attended the Friends...
|Collection:||Herbert Welsh Collection (#0702)|
|Dimensions:||30 x 36 cm|
|Location:||914 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA|
|Box Number:||Box 114|
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Portrait of John Jay Smith (1683-1881) from the second of two photograph albums of important Philadelphians created by W. Curtis Taylor and Company for the Centennial Exhibition. Smith was an editor and librarian, an entrepreneur who founded the Pennsylvania Gazette. Smith attended the Friends' boarding school at Westtown, Pennsylvania , and was given some courses in languages at an early age. He was then apprenticed to a druggist in Philadelphia. After a brief partnership with Solomon Temple in the wholesale drug business, he entered business on his own account. He was active in the establishment of a line of Conestoga wagons, operating as regular carriers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but the enterprise was short-lived. In 1827, in partnership with George Taylor, he inaugurated the Pennsylvania Gazette. Two years later he became librarian of the Library Company of Philadelphia; he was a hereditary trustee of the Loganian Library, one of its component parts. Through his taste and industry, he gathered for the institution a large collection of autographs and manuscripts relating to the history of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
This digital record contains one image that depicts one portrait from box 115 (labeled as: "Representative Men of Phila. 1876").