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Alexander SMYTH

(1765-1830)

SMYTH, Alexander, a Representative from Virginia; born on the Island of Rathlin, Ireland, in 1765; immigrated to the United States and settled in Botetourt County, Va., in 1775; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Abingdon, Va.; moved to Wythe County, Va.; member of the state house of delegates in 1792, 1796, 1801, 1802, and 1804-1808; served in the state senate in 1808 and 1809; served in the United States Army from 1808 to 1813; resumed the practice of his profession; again a member of the state house of delegates in 1816, 1817, 1826, and 1827; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Congresses, and reelected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1825); elected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth and Twenty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1827, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 17, 1830; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

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

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