Born in Green Hill, NJ, to a Quaker family, John Jay Smith attended Westtown Friends School and then began working as a pharmacist in Philadelphia. By 1829 Smith was employed as librarian at the Library Company in Philadelphia, and by late 1835 he began hatching his plan for what would become Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, only the second rural cemetery established in the United States. Through his association with architect Thomas Ustick Walter Smith published two pattern books, one of which included plans for funerary monuments and cemetery fences (A Guide to Workers in Metals and Stone, 1846).
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