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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

judge

postmaster

politician

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

Biography

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]

Career

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]

Death

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.

References

  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
1837–1843
Served alongside: John M. Niles, Thaddeus Betts, Jabez W. Huntington
Succeeded by
John M. Niles
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