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Thomas SMITH

(1745-1809)

SMITH, Thomas, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born near Cruden, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, in 1745; pursued preparatory studies; attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; immigrated to the United States and settled in Bedford, Pa., February 9, 1769; deputy surveyor in 1769; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession in 1772; deputy register of wills and prothonotary in 1773; justice of the peace in 1774; member of the committee of correspondence in 1775; served in the Revolutionary Army as a deputy colonel of militia; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1776; member of the state house of representatives 1776-1780; Member of the Continental Congress 1781-1782; judge of the court of common pleas in 1791; judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court 1794-1809; died in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 31, 1809; interment in Christ Churchyard.

Bibliography

Konkle, Burton Alva. The Life and Times of Thomas Smith, 1745-1809, A Pennsylvania Member of the Continental Congress. With an introduction by the Hon. Hampton L. Carson. Philadelphia: Campion & Company, 1904.

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

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