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Nathaniel Barratt SMITHERS

(1818-1896)

SMITHERS, Nathaniel Barratt, a Representative from Delaware; born in Dover, Del., October 8, 1818; was graduated from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, in 1836; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Dover, Del., in 1840; secretary of State of Delaware January 20 to November 23, 1863; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Temple and served from December 7, 1863, to March 3, 1865; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Dover; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; died in Dover, Kent County, Del., January 16, 1896; interment in the Old Methodist Cemetery.

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

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