Peter Smith


Peter Smith of Peterboro:Furs, Land and Anguish

                                           by Norman K. Dann

The story of Peter Smith is the story of Upstate New York in the earliest days of the United States. A billionaire by today’s standards, Smith made his fortune in the fur trade and especially as one of the country’s original land barons. His story of land speculation is the story of the Indian Land Claims made famous hundreds of years after he used deceptive means to assume ownership of millions of acres of New York State.

The reader will note the great distance between Peter Smith and his son,
19th-century abolitionist and philanthropist Gerrit Smith: While the father gained great wealth in part by taking advantage of those of lesser means, the son gave away much of that fortune to help the less fortunate.

Peter Smith’s legacy—positive or negative—is still evident in the people and
places that make up much of the State of New York. This is the story of the man behind the family fortune.

155 plus pages

A community heritage gift shop, located within the Visitors Center on the Gerrit Smith Estate, National Historic Landmark, in Peterboro NY. The Mercantile is staffed and operated under the management of the Smithfield Community Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Peterboro.





Add to Cart:

Copyright © 2022 Peterboro Mercantile. Powered by Zen Cart