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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1947, Image 10

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m m m i Df PiM mm\% £D U £ S £ Paul Smith’s College was found­ ed by Phelps Smith in admiration and honor of his father, Apollos A. Smith. Apollos Smith was the dean of Adirondack guides and hotel men of this area. He outlived his con­ temporaries and his popularity be­ came known the world over. Oddly enough, the name that made him famous, and which was so often on m en’s lips, was not his given name. However, he accepted “Paul” as an abbreviation and adopted this collo­ quial designation throughout his life. Paul Smith made his initial begin­ ning in the hotel and resort business in December of 1858. He thus ac­ quired an early and intimate knowl­ edge of the area his personality was to dominate. W ith his bride of ten days, May 15, 1859, Paul, with his superb sense of showmanship, Yan­ kee shrewdness, and a genuine love for humanity, accepted his first pay­ ing guests. His guests were receiv­ ed in the original building contain­ ing 17 bedrooms, which was consid­ ered rather luxurious for his time and place. His hostelry soon be­ came one of the best-known and most amazingly popular summer re­ sorts in the United States. Among those who enjoyed his unsurpassed hospitality were P. T. Barnum, Grover Cleveland, E. H. Harrim an, Alfred E. Smith and Theodore Roosevelt. From that first primitive cottage, the Smith estate grew to include the famous resort, and some 20,000 acres of forest lands, numerous lakes, mountain streams, sawmills, a pri­ vate railroad, a light and power com­ pany, and a telephone company. These assets have now become the property and endowment resource for the operation of the College bear­ ing his name. Phelps Smith was deeply conscious of the social res­ ponsibility of the individual and was keenly interested in education. On Page Eight

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