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Early lawman to be honored for his role in settling Utah
Deseret News 20Jun00 D6
By Lynn Arave: Deseret News staff writer

FARMINGTON, UTAH -- Lot Smith, a close friend of Orrin Porter Rockwell who was a bodyguard to Brigham Young, will be honored by Davis County Commissioner Gayle A. Stevenson on Friday, June 23 at 5 p.m. during the Lot Smith family biannual reunion to be held June 23-24. Smith, nicknamed "The Horseman" will receive long overdue recognition for his lifetime of service and dedication to promoting law and order in the early Utah territory. A "Horses of Antelope Island" monument will be dedicated in his memory at the Legacy Center on west State Street, west of I-l5 in Farmington.

The new monument will memorialize Smith for his part in rounding up and branding wild horses on Antelope Island. "I don't think Smith is really well-known," said Ramona Smith Hughes of Pleasant View. "He did the same things as Porter Rockwell, and the two were best friends, but his name isn't wel-known."

Lot Smith was the first Sheriff of Davis county. He was under assignment by Brigham Young along with Judson Stoddard and Brigham Young Jr. to help roundup the wild horses. The three expert horseman selected the fastest horses on the island for themselves out of the lead horses from a 15 to 20 mile run.

Smith joined the Mormon Battalion at the age of l6 and was captain in the Nauvoo Legion of the Utah Territory. He was noted for his leadership in helping to defeat Johnston's Army in 1857. President Abraham Lincoln recruited Lot Smith to protect the mail and telegraph routes in the western frontier.

He was one of the first to settle in Farmington and helped to colonize parts of Arizona. It was here that he was killed by a renegade Indian on June 2l, 1892, at the age of 62. His body was returned to Utah and buried in the Farmington City Cemetery.

Lot Smith was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served missions to the British Isles and Scotland. He was the president of the Little Colorado Stake in Sunset, Arizona. He had 8 wives and 52 children. His descendants number more than 10,000.

A short program by three Civil War organizations will be conducted following the dedication of his monument to honor Smith and other pioneers who served in the Civil War. An additional program will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Garr Fielding Ranch on Antelope Island.


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