Delavan Smith residence photographs
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- circa 1905
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In addition to his newspaper ventures, Delavan Smith was an astute businessman with an estate worth over $2 million at the time of his death. Besides his publishing and related businesses, Smith was also involved with timber and land speculations and small manufacturing enterprises. The personnel involved often carried over from one business to another and usually revolved around a small group of wealthy Chicago residents including Cyrus McCormick, Louis Swift, and John Harlan. Smith's main business undertaking was the ownership and publication of the Indianapolis News, which he ran at one time or another with his father, William Henry Smith; his brother-in-law, Charles Richard Williams; his cousin, Charles W. Fairbanks; and Major William J. Richards. Delavan Smith was involved with the ownership and publication of the News from 1892 until his death in 1922.
Among Smith's chief philanthropic causes was his involvement with Lake Forest University, for which he served on the board of trustees beginning in 1906; he often assumed financial responsibility for many of the college's debts.
With no direct heirs at the time of his death, Smith bequeathed millions of dollars to several Indianapolis charities including the Indianapolis Foundation, Methodist Hospital, the Art of Association of Indianapolis, and the Flower Mission. His will included the donation of his and his father's papers, his father's library, and a sizeable endowment to the Indiana Historical Society for the establishment of the society's William Henry Smith Memorial Library."
Delevan Smith papers, 1868-1921," 09/20/2005. Finding at at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, Ind. https://indianahistory.org/wp-content/uploads/delevan-smith-papers-1868-1921.pdf. Accessed January 8, 2018.
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- Delevan Smith residence photographs
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