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Nathaniel SMITH

(1762-1822)

SMITH, Nathaniel, (brother of Nathan Smith and uncle of Truman Smith), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Woodbury, Conn., January 6, 1762; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits and was also a cattle dealer; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1787 and commenced the practice of his profession in Woodbury, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1789-1795; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1799); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1798; served in the State senate 1800-1805; judge of the supreme court of Connecticut 1806-1819; delegate to the Hartford Convention of 1814; died in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Conn., March 9, 1822; interment in the Episcopal Church Cemetery.

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

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