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Arthur SMITH

(1785-1853)

SMITH, Arthur, a Representative from Virginia; born at “Windsor Castle,” near Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Va., November 15, 1785; attended an academy at Smithfield, Va., and was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1808 and commenced practice in Smithfield, Va.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; served as colonel in the War of 1812; member of the state house of delegates 1818-1820; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and reelected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1825); was not a candidate for renomination in 1824; resumed the practice of law; member of the house of delegates 1836-1841; died in Smithfield, Va., March 30, 1853; interment in the family burying ground on Windsor Castle estate, near Smithfield, Va.

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

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