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Madison Roswell SMITH

(1850-1919)

SMITH, Madison Roswell, a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Glenallen, Bollinger County, Mo., July 9, 1850; attended the public schools and Central College in Fayette, Mo.; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1874; taught school; began the practice of law at Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Mo., in 1877; prosecuting attorney of Bollinger County 1878-1882; served in the State senate 1884-1888; declined to be a candidate for reelection; served as editor of reports for the St. Louis court of appeals for four years and resigned; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1896 and 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; organizer and secretary of the Federal Trust Co., of St. Louis, 1909-1912; Minister to Haiti from 1912 until his resignation in 1914; continued the practice of his profession in Farmington, Mo., where he died June 18, 1919; interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

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

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