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Malcolm O. Smith

Malcolm O. Smith, editor and proprietor of the Hanover Herald, and a well known local historical writer, was born in York in the year 1846, and is a son of William W. and Charlotte (Stair) Smith; he received superior educational advantages, attending the York public schools, the York Classical and Normal Institute, Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., and the Pennsylvania College of Gettysburg; also has had a practical experience of five terms as teacher of select and public schools.

In March, 1865, he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Third Pennsylvania Volunteers, 103rd Regiment, and was in service until August of the same year.

Having previously learned the trade of a printer, Mr. Smith began his journalistic career in 1870, establishing the Glen Rock Item, which he successfully conducted until he sold out in 1872, and in that year established the Hanover Herald, of which he is still the editor and proprietor. Mr. Smith is an able writer and has made his journal especially attractive by publishing historical matter of interest concerning the early "Annals of Hanover." and "Early History of York County," etc., to the careful compilation of which he has devoted much time and earnest labor. Many incidents, facts and much valuable history, as preserved by him, appear in appropriate chapters in this work. The Pennsylvania College bestowed on him in 1873, the honorary degree of A. B. Mr. Smith is a citizen of progressive ideas, and one of the most successful newspaper men of York County.

He has taken an earnest interest in the affairs of the Grand Army of the Republic and served as Commander of Maj. Jenkins Post, No. 99, at Hanover, for the first three years of its existence. He is secretary of the Hanover Agricultural Society, in the organization of which society he was especially active.

His marriage with Miss Louisa H. S., daughter of Dr. F. E. Vandersloot, of Gettysburg, occurred in 1867. Three children, all of whom died in early childhood, were the fruits of this union.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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