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John Ambler SMITH

(1847-1892)

SMITH, John Ambler, a Representative from Virginia; born at Village View, near Dinwiddie Court House, Dinwiddie County, Va., September 23, 1847; attended the rural school and was educated at David Turner’s high school at Richmond; was graduated from the law department of the Richmond (Va.) College; was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of law in Richmond, Va.; appointed commissioner in chancery of the courts of Richmond in 1868; served as Commonwealth attorney of Charles City and New Kent Counties; member of the State senate in 1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; member of the immigration commission to London; died in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 1892; interment in Glenwood Cemetery.

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

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