Franklin G. Smith

Franklin Smith age 5Franklin Smith age 30Franklin G. Smith was born in 1867 in Bellevue, Ohio. Prior to his becoming involved with Osborn, he was Assistant Postmaster in Bellevue, Ohio. He then headed up the Manufacturer's Supply Department of the W. Bingham Company of Cleveland and later worked for a short time for Bacon & Smith Architects.  Franklin Smith became interested in Osborn in February, 1892 and shortly afterward acquired a substantial stock interest. In 1894, he was elected President and in January 1951, was named Chairman of the Board.

Franklin Smith age 46Franklin Smith's activities outside the Osborn organization were many and varied.  He served as director on the boards of The Cleveland Trust Company, the American Foundrymen's Association, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, and the Union Commerce Bank.  He was the President of the Ohio Rubber Company fron 1932 unitl 1951 and also during those years served on their Board of Directors. He became Chairman of the Board of Ohio Rubber in 1951 and served in that capacity until June, 1955.

 

Franklin G. Smith held positions as Treasurer of the American Brush Manufacturers Association and President of the Foundry Equipment Manufacturers Association; was a member of the Board of Governors of the Assoicated Industries, and on the Executive Board of the Citizens League. He served as President and Trustee of Denison University, becoming Honoray Chairman of the Board in 1942 and receiving an Honorary Degree LLD in June 1946. The senior Smith maintained an active interest in Osborn Manufacturing for many years, becoming Honorary Chairman in January 1966 a title he held until his death at the age of almost 101, in May of 1968.

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