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Abraham Herr SMITH

(1815-1894)

SMITH, Abraham Herr, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Millersville, Manor Township, in Lancaster County, Pa., March 7, 1815; attended Professor Beck’s Academy at Lititz, Lancaster County, Pa.; was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives in 1843 and 1844; served in the State senate in 1845; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law; died in Lancaster, Pa., February 16, 1894; interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery.

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

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