JAMES WALTER SMITH. Born in Johnson County, Missouri, on the 1th day of September, 1860, James W. Smith received the early education that falls to the lot of the boy who is born and bred on the farm. After engaging in various pursuits on attaining his majority, the subject of this sketch, in 1887, entered the Missouri Medical College, from which he graduated three years later. He immediately engaged in practice in St. Louis and has since devoted the most of his professional attention to surgery. His operations have been uniformly successful, and much of his success is due to his clever work with the surgeon's knife. As an operator, he is careful, conservative and withal rapid in his work, and these conscientious qualities have won a place for him from the beginning of his professional career as a successful surgeon and has placed him in the front ranks of Missouri physicians.