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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1974, Image 20

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President Calvin Coolidge and Phelps Smith dur­ ing the summer of 1926 when President Coolidge spent the summer at White Pine Camp. “An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man; — and all his­ tory resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons”. R. W. Emerson Phelps Smith was deeply conscious of the social re­ sponsibility of the individual and was keenly interest­ ed in education; he, on many occasions, had financed the education of promising students in northern New York institutions of higher learning. However, the ex­ tent of this great interest in education was not re­ vealed until his sudden and unexpected death January 17, 1937. Provisions were made in his will, for the foundation of a co-educational institution which was to know as the Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences. The estate, valued at several million dollars, including the original hotel and resort site, timber tracts, water rights, and the Paul Smith’s Electric Light, Power, and Railroad Company, has become the major source of income for the perpetuation of the college. The place where a man passed his life should bear some evidence of how he lived. Paul Smith’s personali­ ty survived. His works are here. His purpose in life was in affectionate hearts and hands. His sons, Phelps and Paul, who were in charge of the resort for many years, had the zest and experience to carry the burden and they were unselfish; they were men of genuine ambi­ tion. In their hearts lay the treasures of gifts, experi­ ence and the attainment of beneficial aspirations which shall never be forgotten. Phelps Smith June 5, 1862 — Jan. 17, 1937 This boy was to become a man with a dream with which he would endow posterity. Phelps And Paul Sm ith, Jr.

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