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David Highbaugh SMITH

(1854-1928)

SMITH, David Highbaugh, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Hammonville, Hart County, Ky., December 19, 1854; attended the public schools and the colleges at Horse Cave, Leitchfield, and Hartford, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1876 and commenced practice in Hodgenville, Larue County, Ky.; superintendent of common schools for Larue County in 1878; county attorney for Larue County 1878-1881; member of the State house of representatives 1881-1883; served in the State senate 1885-1893, and as president pro tempore 1891-1893; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1907); was not a candidate for renomination in 1906; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1905 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Charles Swayne, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; resumed the practice of law; president of the Farmers’ National Bank of Hodgenville, Ky.; died in Hodgenville, Ky., December 17, 1928; interment in Red Hill Cemetery.

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

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