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James SMITH, Jr.

(1851-1927)
Senate Years of Service:
1893-1899
Party:
Democrat

SMITH, James, Jr., a Senator from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., June 12, 1851; attended private schools and St. Mary’s College, Wilmington, Del.; engaged in the dry-goods and importing business, later becoming a manufacturer of leather in Newark, N.J.; member of the board of aldermen of Newark 1883-1887; declined the nomination for mayor of Newark in 1884; president of the first board of works of Newark; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1899; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on the Organization, Conduct and Expenditures of Executive Departments (Fifty-third Congress); resumed the manufacture of leather, and also engaged in banking and newspaper publishing; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1911; died in Newark, N.J., April 1, 1927; interment in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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