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1955 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Donald S. Smith*

Perfection Stove Company

"My success story was a combination of ambition, ability, and opportunity."

At the age of 12, Donald Smith found a job as a delivery-wagon driver for $3 a week. In 1910, he started working at the Perfection Stove Company as a clerk, earning $9 a week. He overcame poverty and humble beginnings through effort, diligence, and self-reliance. In 1950, Smith was named president of the Perfection Stove Company.

* Deceased