Legal Events

February 9, 1837

Rounds qui tam v. Smith: A writ of summons was issued against Joseph Smith. He was ordered to appear before the Geauga Court of Common Pleas on March 21, 1837, to answer Samuel D. Rounds and the State of Ohio; $1,000 damages. The writ stated that on January 4, 1837, Joseph Smith acted "as an officer of a Bank not incorporated by law of this State and denominated ‘The Kirtland Safety Society Anti Banking Co.' contrary to the Statute in such case made and provided."

February 14, 1837

State of Ohio v. Auken: Joseph Smith had been subpoenaed to appear in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas and testify as a character witness for John Alford, a prosecution witness. Joseph Smith did not appear and was charged with contempt of court.

March 1837

Rounds qui tam v. Smith: Plaintiff's attorney R. Hitchcock filed a writ asserting the defendant's failure to incorporate by law the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Co., and sued for $1,000—one half for the state of Ohio and the other half for the plaintiff.


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