Smith, Timothy Clark – Vermont


The Timothy Clark Smith mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals and includes an image of Timothy Clark Smith and a short biography.

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Born in Monkton, Vermont, Timothy Clark Smith worked as a teacher and clerk in the U.S. Treasury Department.  In 1855, he received his M.D. from the University of New York and moved to Russia where he served as a surgeon in the Russian Army.  Starting in 1861, he was employed by the U.S. Consulate serving as the U.S. Consul in Odessa, Russia, and Galatz, Romania.  In 1893, Timothy Clark Smith died suddenly at the Logan House in Middlebury, VT.  His son, Harrison Smith, knew his father suffered from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive.  Harrison supervised the construction of his crypt, which is four feet high, built beneath a grassy mound near the front of the cemetery, with a glass shaft above his father’s head.

The Grave of Timothy Clark Smith

Smith designed and rigged his tomb in an attempt to prevent his nightmare of being buried alive.  He installed a set of stairs underneath a large square capstone beside his burial mound he was buried with a bell in his hand and with tools so he could escape.

This Timothy Clark Smith History Mug is part of our Vermont History series which includes many unique individuals who shaped our world through their actions.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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