John Calvin Smith was a New York based surveyor and cartographer active in the mid 19th century. Smith's imprint is associated with Colton, Stiles, and Disturnell among other prominent map American publishers of the period. Nonetheless, despite his relative importance little is known of his life. We do know that Smith was one of the charter members of the American Geographical and Statistical Society. The Society, founded in 1851 in New York, brought together some of the most prominent 19th century American cartographers. Smith's most important work is most likely his 1843 Map of the United States of America, Canada and Texas… John Calvin Smith was succeeded by his son of the same name who continued his father's as a surveyor and geographer.