1906 – He was born in Decatur, Indiana.
1927 – He joined the Art Students League of New York.
1929 – He along with his then wife Dorothy Dehner, bought a house in Bolton Landing, in upstate New York.
1940 – He moved permanently to Bolton Landing and created the Terminal Iron Works studio.
1950 – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation awarded Smith a fellowship, removing the financial constraints and allowing him to spend more time sculpting.
1957 – The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, presented a Smith retrospective, complete with work dating back to 1932.
1961 – MoMA organized a major traveling exhibition of his work.
1962 – The government of Italy invited Smith to create two works for a festival, and gave him free access to an abandoned welding studio in the small town of Voltri, in Liguria.
1965 – He died in a car crash near Bennington, Vermont this year.