Luther Ely Smith

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First Name Luther
Middle Name Ely
Last Name Smith
Birthday 11th June, 1873
Birthplace Downers Grove, Illinois
Died 2nd April, 1951
Place of Death St. Louis, Missouri, US
Buried Bellefontaine Cemetery St. Louis, Missouri
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Nationality American
Occupation Text Lawyer
Occupation Attorney

Luther Ely Smith (June 11, 1873 – April 2, 1951) was a St. Louis, Missouri lawyer and civic booster. He has been described by the National Park Service as the "father of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial," which was renamed as the Gateway Arch National Park in 2018. In the 1930s, he conceived of the idea of a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson in Saint Louis, the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and opening of the West through the city. He chaired the Association to develop the memorial for nearly 15 years, every year but one from 1934 through 1949, after the design competition had been completed and the winner Eero Saarinen selected for his "Gateway Arch". Construction of the Gateway Arch started in 1963, after Smith's death; it fulfilled his vision of a symbol of the city to represent its role with the American West.

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