|Smith's grave at the Lowell Cemetery|
Joseph Smith was already in his 60s when his passion for his native Ireland brought him into the limelight of the world. Born in Dublin he came to America as a young man and immediately enlisted into the U. S. Army. He ended up fighting in the Mexican War, followed by extensive travels in Arizona, New Mexico, and throughout South America. He spent time working at various jobs including the Merrimack Print Works and J C Ayer. He became interested in city politics beginning with the election of William F Courtney as mayor in 1895. Writing was the man’s true vocation and at this time he took it up as his occupation. He wrote articles for many Lowell papers magazines including Life, and was known for his sarcasm and quick wit. Though a Protestant, he came to the immediate defense of the Church when confronted by anti-Catholic writing.