E.N. (Dick) Smith (1889 – )

”E. N. (Dick) Smith, is the managing editor of the Kansas City Post, to which position he was called in 1919, and he has always devoted his attention to newspaper work since making his initial step, in the business world. At the present time he is likewise a member of the firm of Frank V. Smith & Brothers, conducting a general insurance business in Kansas City. He was born July 10, 1889, in Leavenworth, Kansas, his parents being Thomas K. and Annie A. (Nugent) Smith. He obtained a public school education in his native state and in the city in which he still resides and early took up newspaper work. He is widely known in journalistic circles and is considered a newspaper man of marked ability, who is uniformly known as ‘Dick’ Smith to the newspaper fraternity. In modern parlance he is a ‘live wire.’  He was assistant librarian of the Kansas City Star, afterward became a reporter on that paper and later a reporter for the Kansas City Post. He next filled the position of assistant city editor on the Post and from 1913 until 1919 was city editor, while in the latter year he was made managing editor. Hts employers said that he was one of the youngest city editors and managing editors in the country at the time of his promotion to the respective positions. In addition to his activity in the newspaper world he joined his brothers, Frank V., Thomas K. and James W. Smith, in the establishment and conduct of a general insurance business which is being carried on under the name of Frank V. Smith & Brothers.

On the 18th of May, 1910, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Marion E. Ware, a daughter of Joseph F. Ware, and they now have one son, Richard, who is eight years of age. The religious faith of Mr. Smith is that of the Catholic church. He gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and he is identified with the City Club of Kansas City, the Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City and also the Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kansas.”

Source:  Centennial History of Missouri: One Hundred Years in the Union, 1820-1921,Vol. 3, by Walter Barlow Stevens, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., St. Louis – Chicago, 1921, page 1019

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