Glendale, California Biographies

Rev. A. B. Smart

Rev. A. B. Smart was born at Searsport, Maine, December 27, 1838. His grandfather, Ephraim Knight Smart, was a fuller and was accidentally killed in his own mill; he acted also in the capacity of a Methodist local preacher. His grandmother was Mary Cass, a relative of Gen. Cass or Revolutionary fame. Benjamin Jones Smart, the father of the subject of this sketch, married Abagail Kendall, who also had Revolutionary ancestry, being a granddaughter of Gen. Kendall. The father died, leaving his widow with three small children to support, the son, A. B., and two daughters. Three years later the widow married another man of the same family name, John B. Smart, who was a good stepfather and a kind husband. On reaching the age of fifteen, the boy, A. B., sailed on a 1200 ton ship for New Orleans and from there to Liverpool, returning to Boston. At sixteen he was “converted” and from that time during the rest of his life took an active interest in religious matters. He continued to go on occasional voyages for five years, learning navigation and the duties of a sailor, teaching school in the winter and usually spending the remainder of the year on the sea. He enlisted in 1861 but was taken ill while in training camp and compelled to return home without getting into active service. In the fall of 1861 he entered the Buckport Seminary from which he graduated in 1864. He entered ,Wesleyan University, from which he was graduated in June, 1868. Two years later he graduated from ,Boston University with degrees of A. B. and A. M. He joined the East New York Conference and was transferred to the Maine Conference and again to the Rock River Conference, Illinois. From there he went to South Dakota as a missionary, where he was active not only in religious work, but energetic in political matters as well, helping to found two counties and the founder of the city of Wessington. He endowed a seminary with an undivided half of eighty acres of land, and raised large sums of money for school purposes. Meanwhile he founded churches in Mitchell, Buron, Cavour, Mt. Vernon, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, Alpena, Woonsocket and Bates. He was a delegate to the National Convention of Good Templars in Chicago, in 1869, and has always been an ardent Prohibitionist. Mr. Smart was married to Ruby Jane Jordan in 1869. They are the parents of nine children, of whom five died in childhood. Two daughters are in Chicago and two in California. Mrs. Smart has for nine years been president of the Glendale W. C. T.U. and is an active worker in religious and social lines. Mr. Smart is chairman of the Prohibition Party in his district. He came to California with his wife in 1911.

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. p. 455-456.