James Henry Smith (1855-1907)

J. Henry "Silent" Smith, of New York City

Associated Houses

Whitney Mansion

871 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

He was born at Millburn, Lake County, Illinois. Growing up, he was, "thought to be a  morose loner by playmates" and became known as "Silent" Smith. He moved to Brooklyn, New York, and was a senior partner of Geddes & Smith, Brokers. His father was a cousin of George "Chicago" Smith (1808-1899) and in 1899 "Silent Smith" inherited $22 million of his $52 million fortune. On September 13, 1906, at Alvie, Invernesshire, he married the former Mrs Annie (Armstrong) Rhinelander Stewart, of Baltimore. He died while on honeymoon, leaving his fortune to his siblings.