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Perry Smith (politician)

Perry Smith
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1843
Preceded by Gideon Tomlinson
Succeeded by John M. Niles
Personal details
Born (1783-05-12)May 12, 1783
Woodbury, Connecticut
Died June 8, 1852(1852-06-08) (aged 69)
New Milford, Connecticut
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Comstock Smith
Occupation lawyer




Perry Smith (May 12, 1783 – June 8, 1852) was a Connecticut State Representative and a Democrat to the United States Senate.


Smith was born in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, on May 12, 1783, the son of John and Abigail (Lambert) Smith. He completed preparatory studies; studied law at the Litchfield Law School in 1807; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in New Milford. He married Anne Comstock who died on February 26, 1826.[1]


A member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New Milford from 1822 to 1823, Smith was made postmaster of New Milford and held that post from 1829 to 1837.[2] He was again a state representative from 1835 to 1836, as well as judge of probate court from 1833 to 1835.[3]

Elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate from Connecticut, Smith served from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1843. He was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-fifth Congress); and was a member of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress).[4]


Smith died in New Milford on June 8, 1852 (age 69 years, 27 days). He is interred at Center Cemetery, New Milford, Connecticut,[5] near the grave of Frederic C. Walcott.


  1. ^ "Perry Smith". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Perry Smith". Connecticut Biographical Dictionary. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Perry Smith". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Perry Smith". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Perry Smith". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Gideon Tomlinson
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Connecticut
Served alongside: John M. Niles, Thaddeus Betts, Jabez W. Huntington
Succeeded by
John M. Niles
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