David A. Smart

David A. Smart (October 1892 – October 15, 1952), co-founder of Esquire magazine, and , with his brother Alfred Smart (1895-1951), co-publisher of Esquire and Coronet. He was born in 1892 to Mary Aronson (born January 1872) and Louis Smart (born February 1866) in Omaha, Nebraska. His father had emigrated from Russia in 1883. He had four siblings: Alfred Smart (1895-1951), John Smart, Vera Smart Elden (1899-1997) , and Florence Smart Richards. The family moved to Illinois. The brothers' other venture was Coronet Films, a producer of educational and training films during the 1950s. They endowed the Smart Museum of Art. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska on 17 June 1894 and attended the University of Illinois. After World War I, he joined his brother in Publishing Enterprises. He was secretary and treasurer until 1947 when he was appointed president of what was now Esquire, Inc. A third brother, John Smart, was a vice president. Alfred died on February 4, 1951 in Chicago.


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