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CLARK MOULTON SMITH
Clark Moulton Smith was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on May 10, 1820. He moved
to Carlinville, Illinois, in 1835 and opened a dry goods business with his brother
Stephen. In 1846, Clark married Ann Maria Todd, the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.
The family moved to Springfield where Smith opened a large dry goods store which
eventually was called the C. M. & S. Smith Store and expanded to five stores with
many lines of trade.
Smith’s connections to the Lincolns are numerous. Records show that Abraham
and Mary Lincoln kept a credit account at Mr. Smith’s store. Smith traveled to New
York City with Mary Lincoln in January, 1861, to help her buy appropriate clothes for
her new role as First Lady. Needing a quiet place to compose his first inaugural
address, Lincoln used a desk on the third floor of the store to write the speech.
Smith was one of the few Springfield friends of Abraham Lincoln who was in
Washington, D.C., for the slain president’s funeral.
In 1846, the Smiths built a home at 603 South Fifth Street. The same designer-
builder who built the Lincoln home also built the Smith home. Both Abraham and
Mary Lincoln were frequent visitors in the home. The Lincolns attended a gala
reception there before his first inauguration. The house was purchased by Vachel
Lindsay’s parents in 1878 and remained in the Lindsay family for 80 years. The
State of Illinois acquired the Lindsay home in 1991 and reopened it for public tours in
2001 after an extensive restoration.