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John SMILIE

(1741-1812)

SMILIE, John, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ireland in 1741; immigrated to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania in 1760; attended the public schools; served in the Revolutionary War; moved to Fayette, Pa., in 1780; was a member of the state house of representatives 1784-1786; member of the state constitutional convention in 1790; served in the state senate from 1790 to 1793, when he resigned; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); elected as a Republican to the Sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1799, until his death; had been reelected to the Thirteenth Congress, but died in Washington, D.C., December 30, 1812, before the close of the Twelfth Congress; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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