1938 – Born in Baltimore, Maryland on the 23rd of October. Francis Hopkinson Smith, a noted engineer, artist, and writer.
– Smith’s engineering firm was in business for thirty years, contracting many projects with the Federal Government, including the building of the Race Rock Lighthouse, the Block Island Break-water, the sea wall on Staten Island, the foundations for the Statue of Liberty, and the architectural plans for the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse.
1866 – Smith married Josephine Van Deventer on April 26th.
1885-1897 – He wrote numerous travelogues including: Old Lines in New Black and White, Well-Worn Roads, A White Umbrella in Mexico, Gondola Days and The Venice of To-Day.
1898 – Smith painted and wrote many notable books, a best seller of which was his novel Caleb West: Master Diver, recounting his construction of the Race Rock Lighthouse.
1915 – Died on the 7th of April in New York City.