January 29 1913
Oldest in Service;
Felicitated By Taft
President Taft sent a letter of felicitation today to Augustus Smith 1728 Euclid street, who is celebrating his ninety-seventh birthday.
Mr. Smith is still possessed of his faculties and attends to his business.
Mr. Smith claims to be the oldest civil service employee in the United States. He is the only surviving member of the class of 1842 at Yale.
Mr Smith worked in the Treasury Department. He died in July 1914. He served in Civil War as there is a pension card for an Augustus Smith, filed in 1890, for service in the US Infantry and filed in the District of Columbia.