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Charles Brooks SMITH

(1844-1899)

SMITH, Charles Brooks, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Elizabeth, Wirt County, Va. (now West Virginia), February 24, 1844; attended a private school at Parkersburg; enlisted on March 1, 1864, in Company I of the First West Virginia Cavalry of the Union Army; promoted to second lieutenant of the company March 5, 1864, and was honorably discharged on July 8, 1865; engaged in the mercantile business; recorder of Wood County in 1875; member of the city council of Parkersburg, W.Va., in 1876; mayor of Parkersburg 1878-1880; sheriff and treasurer of Wood County 1880-1884; delegate at large to the Republican National Convention in 1888; successfully contested as a Republican the election of James Monroe Jackson to the Fifty-first Congress and served from February 3, 1890, to March 3, 1891; unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifty-second Congress in 1890; became engaged in the fire insurance business; died in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va., December 7, 1899; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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