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Harsen Darwin Smith
Number of games in database: 51
Years covered: 1869 to 1909
Overall record: +25 -20 =6 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-17-1845, died Aug-08-1910, 65 years old) United States of America

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Judge Harsen D. Smith was born in Albion, NY, 1845. He was admitted to the bar in 1862 and practiced for a time in Rochester, NY. In 1870 he moved to Cassopolis, Michigan, where he was appointed prosecuting attorney in 1876. He held that position for four years. In 1898, he was appointed to the position of circuit judge by the governor to fill a vacancy. This he held for one year(1). He was president of the Western Chess Association in 1910(2).

He passed away at his home at 6 o'clock the morning of August 8, 1910. Death was sudden, being taken sick Sunday morning with apoplexy and living just 24 hours(1).

(1) Kalamazoo Gazette, 1910.08.09, p2
(2) Chicago Sunday Tribune, 1910.03.20, p32

Last updated: 2020-08-08 20:28:52

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 51  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Shinkman vs H D Smith  0-1311869Correspondence GameC50 Giuoco Piano
2. H D Smith vs William P Lilienfeld 1-02118691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC40 King's Knight Opening
3. William D de Normandie vs H D Smith  0-12718691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC55 Two Knights Defense
4. H D Smith vs William D de Normandie 1-05518691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC50 Giuoco Piano
5. O Michaelis vs H D Smith  0-12618691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC45 Scotch Game
6. H D Smith vs O Michaelis  0-13218691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC66 Ruy Lopez
7. H D Smith vs J Swan 1-01418691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC00 French Defense
8. O Michaelis vs H D Smith 0-1501869Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
9. O Michaelis vs H D Smith 1-0401869Michaelis - SmithC55 Two Knights Defense
10. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 0-1311869Michaelis - SmithC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. O Michaelis vs H D Smith ½-½461869Michaelis - SmithC44 King's Pawn Game
12. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 0-1441869Michaelis - SmithC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
13. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 1-0241869Michaelis - SmithC54 Giuoco Piano
14. O Michaelis vs H D Smith ½-½661869Michaelis - SmithC25 Vienna
15. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 1-0471869Michaelis - SmithC02 French, Advance
16. O Michaelis vs H D Smith 0-1321869Michaelis - SmithC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 1-0471869Michaelis - SmithB40 Sicilian
18. H D Smith vs O Michaelis 0-1381869Michaelis - SmithC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. O Michaelis vs H D Smith 1-0131869Michaelis - SmithC56 Two Knights
20. H D Smith vs H Harding  ½-½311869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
21. H D Smith vs H Harding ½-½431869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
22. H D Smith vs H Harding 1-0231869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC51 Evans Gambit
23. H D Smith vs H Harding  ½-½241869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
24. H D Smith vs H Harding  1-0161869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC51 Evans Gambit
25. H D Smith vs Edward Feldner  1-02218702nd Michigan State Chess Association TournamentC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
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  GrahamClayton: HD Smith finished 6th in the 1871 Cleveland Congress, behind Mackenzie, Hosmer, Elder, Max Judd and Ware.
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  Phony Benoni: <GrahamClayton> I was able to glean a little more information about him: crawfb5 chessforum.

He's the same person as Harsen D Smith, which should probably be the name used.

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  GrahamClayton: Biography from

"Harsen D. Smith is a prominent attorney of Cassopolis equally well known because of his activity in political circles. He has chosen as a life work a profession in which success results only from individual merit, from comprehensive knowledge and close application, and his high reputation is well deserved because he has manifested all of the salient characteristics demanded of the successful and able lawyer. A native of Albion, New York, he was born on the 17th of March, 1845, and is a son of E. Darwin and Maria (Arnold) Smith, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of New York. The paternal grandfather, Moses B. Smith, was a minister of the Universalist church and had a very wide and favorable acquaintance in the western part of the Empire state, to which he removed from New England. He was of Scotch lineage, his father, Moses Smith, Sr., having emigrated from the land of the hiss and heater to the new world. E. Darwin Smith, father of our subject, was a manufacturer of agricultural implements. Following his removal to New York he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. He married Miss Maria Arnold, a native of the Empire state and a daughter of Benjamin Arnold, who was of English descent. They became the parents of three children, two daughters and a son.

Harsen D. Smith, who was the second in order of birth, acquired an academic education at Newark, Wayne county, New York, where he was graduated. He afterward engaged in teaching school in that state for a short time, and in 1862 he went to Iowa, locating at Eldora, where for one year he acted as principal of the Eldora Union Schools. He then became a teacher in the Iowa Lutheran College at Albion, Iowa, being professor of mathematics. In the meantime he had taken up the study of law and for a period was a student in the office of Governor Eastman, of Iowa. Subsequently he went to Rochester, New York, where he entered the law office of Judge George F. Danforth, a member of the court of appeals of the Empire state. For about two years Mr. Smith remained in that office and was then admitted to the New York bar, after which he removed to Coldwater, Michigan, and spent about six months in the office of E. G. Fuller. He afterward removed to Jackson, Michigan, and entered the office of Hon. W. K. Gibson. In August, 1870, he removed to Cassopolis, where he formed a partnership with Hon. Charles W. Clisbee, with whom he continued for two years. He then practiced by himself for a year, after which he formed a partnership with Judge Andrew J. Smith, that connection being thus continued until Andrew J. Smith was elected circuit judge, since which time Harsen D. Smith has been alone in practice. He has for thirty-five years been a representative of the Cassopolis bar and is therefore numbered among the pioneer attorneys of the county. He has gradually worked his way upward, demonstrating his ability to cope with intricate problems of jurisprudence and in the handling of his cause he displays great strength, while his devotion to his clients’ interest is proverbial.

In October, 1873, Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss Sate R. Read, who was born in this county in 1853, and is a daughter of S. T. and Rhoda R. (Hayden) Read.

In his political views Mr. Smith is a stalwart Republican, thoroughly in sympathy with the principles of the party. He was elected and served as chairman of the Republican County Central Committee for ten years, was a member of the State Central Committee for six years, and fro four years a member of the executive committee. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost Republicans of Michigan, and his efforts in behalf of the organization have been far reaching and beneficial. In 1876 he was elected prosecuting attorney, filling the office for four years, and in 1898 he was appointed by the governor to the position of circuit judge to preside over the bench of a new circuit until an election could be held. He served in that capacity for one year. He was a member of the state pardon board for about seven years, but when appointed judge he resigned that position. Following his retirement from the bench he was reappointed on the pardon board. He was nominated for state senator in 1884, but that was the year of the Democratic landslide. Fraternally he is connected with the dodge, chapter and commandery in the Masonic fraternity and also with Saladin Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Grand Rapids. He has been very successful in his practice, being connected with the greater number of the important cases tried in his district and his broad intellectuality, great strength of character and determined purpose have made him a valued factor, not only as a legal practitioner but also in social, fraternal and political circles. He has done much to mold public thought and opinion in his community and is just classed with the prominent and representative citizens of Cass county."

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