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Sylvester Clark SMITH

(1858-1913)

SMITH, Sylvester Clark, a Representative from California; born near Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa, August 26, 1858; attended the district schools and Howe’s Academy at Mount Pleasant; taught school in Winfield, Iowa; moved to California in 1879 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; taught school in Colusa and Kern Counties in 1883; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1885 and commenced practice in Bakersfield, Calif.; edited the Kern County Echo; resumed the practice of law; member of the State senate 1894-1902; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1905, until his death in Los Angeles, Calif., January 26, 1913; interment in Union Cemetery.

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

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