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John SMITH

(1789-1858)

SMITH, John, (father of Worthington Curtis Smith), a Representative from Vermont; born in Barre, Mass., August 12, 1789; attended the common schools; moved to St. Albans, Vt.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced practice in St. Albans, Vt.; State’s attorney for Franklin County 1826-1832; member of the State house of representatives 1827-1837, and served as speaker from 1831 to 1833; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; engaged in the construction of railroads; died in St. Albans, Vt., November 26, 1858; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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