“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John Peter Smith


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By Denise Boose, May 21, 2010
1. John Peter Smith Marker
Inscription.  A native of Kentucky, John Peter Smith migrated to Fort Worth in 1853. He worked as a teacher, clerk, and surveyor before his appointment as Deputy Surveyor of the Denton Land Department in 1855, for which he received payment in property. Also a student of law, he was later admitted to the bar.

Although opposed to the secession of Texas during the Civil War, Smith raised a company of Tarrant County men for the Confederacy and joined Sibley's Brigade in 1861. While in the war he served in the unsuccessful invasion of New Mexico, the recapture of Galveston in 1863, and was severely wounded at Donaldsville, Louisiana, later that year.

After the war Smith returned to Fort Worth, where he became involved in the development of the city. He helped organize a bank, gas light company, and street railway. He also donated land for parks, cemeteries, and a hospital, later named John Peter Smith Hospital. In 1882 he became mayor and directed the establishment of many public services, including the school system and the water department.

In 1901 Smith died in St. Louis, Missouri, while on a promotional trip for Fort Worth.
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By Denise Boose, May 21, 2010
2. John Peter Smith Marker
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He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, a site he donated to the city.
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2799.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1853.
Location. 32° 44.981′ N, 97° 19.809′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is at the intersection of Throckmorton Street and West 10th Street, on the left when traveling north on Throckmorton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1123 Throckmorton St, Fort Worth TX 76102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Patrick's Cathedral (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Ignatius Academy Building (about 400 feet away); Flatiron Building (about 500 feet away); Fort Worth Library (about 500 feet away); The Atelier Building (about 700 feet away); General William Jenkins Worth (about 700 feet away); "A Great Time to be Alive" (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
Also see . . .  Smith, John Peter. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on February 12, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
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By Denise Boose, May 21, 2010
3. John Peter Smith Monument
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 11, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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