John Henry Smith was born in the town of Hayworth,
McLean County, Illinois. He grew to manhood, however, in Nevada,
Ia., where his parents removed when he was still a mere child.
The subject of this sketch received his education
in the public and high schools of Nevada, and after completing his
education he went into the offices of his father, who was engaged in
the abstract business. That was in 1885, and in 1889 Mr. Smith
came to Kansas City.
He accepted employment with the abstract firm
of A. O. L. Schueler, where he worked for ten years. In 1889, in
company with his brother Charles E. Smith, he bought the controlling
interest in the Union Abstract Company, at that time a concern of
comparatively small importance.
Energy and ability, however, has so built up
the business that its present capitalization in $75,000. Mr.
Smith is vice-president of the company.
He is unmarried.