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Free Genealogy Biography of William F. Smith
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William F. Smith

William F. Smith, physician and surgeon, of Airville, son of Dr. William F. and Maria L. (Clarkson) Smith, whose ancestors were among the first settlers in this section of York County, was born here January 13, 1836. He lived with his parents until the age of twenty years, when he began the study of medicine with Dr. John Atlce, of Lancaster City. He graduated with the degree of M. D., in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania. March 14, 1861.

During the civil war he entered the army as assistant surgeon of the One Hundred and Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 105th Regiment, which position he resigned October 5, 1862.

In the spring of 1863, he joined the Twenty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania troops, 28th Regiment, and was promoted to the position of surgeon of the Seventy-third Pennsylvania Regiment, 73rd Regiment, and remained in the service until the close of the war in 1865.

In this capacity he had rare advantages for gaining a thorough and practical knowledge of the science of surgery. During the campaign on the peninsula in Virginia, he had charge of the Division Hospitals of Gens. Kearney and Geary, of the Second Division of the Twentieth Army Corps.

He was married October 31, 1865, to Hannah M. Murphy, daughter of George S. and Rebecca Murphy. They have three children: Rebecca M., Mamie L. and William C.

Since his return from the army, he has practiced in Airville and the surrounding country with abundant success. Dr. Smith is a gentleman of more than ordinary degree of educational training and intellectual culture. He is a public spirited citizen, and much honored and respected in his community. In 1872 he was nominated on the Republican ticket for State senator, a position which he would have filled with eminent ability. Dr. Smith and family are members of the Chanceford Presbyterian Church.

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

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