If it weren’t for the deep pockets and generosity of this man BYU would’ve died certain death. When Brigham Young died he left the school in financial ruin with debts climbing over $100,000, but Smoot saved the day by mortgaging every single thing he owned to keep Brigham Young Academy kicking. As a result of his generosity he died penniless. That hundred grand in today’s money is over a whopping $2.2.
Smoot was much like his predecessors and left a legacy for future generational Mormons to model on work ethics. He was a busy guy being a missionary, mayor of both Provo and Salt Lake in addition to being an astute business man of Provo Woolen Mills and an overseer of a bank. He was also a bishop, Stake President and got BYU off the ground and running.
Where he found the time to have 7 wives and 29 kids is beyond our imagination. You can read about his profile here.