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Thomas SMITH

(1799-1876)

SMITH, Thomas, a Representative from Indiana; born in Fayette County, Pa., May 1, 1799; moved to Rising Sun, Ind., in 1818; learned the trade of tanner; moved to Versailles, Ind., in 1821 and established a tanyard; became a colonel in the militia; member of the State house of representatives in 1829, 1830, and 1833-1836; served in the State senate 1836-1839; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1839-March 3, 1841); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress; elected to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); was not a candidate for renomination in 1846; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; died in Versailles, Ripley County, Ind., April 12, 1876; interment in Cliff Hill Cemetery.

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

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