Open main menu

John M. C. Smith (February 6, 1853 – March 30, 1923) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as U.S. Representative from Michigan's 3rd congressional district.

John M. C. Smith
John M. C. Smith, Congressman from Michigan, NPC photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byWashington Gardner
Succeeded byWilliam H. Frankhauser
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 3rd district
In office
June 28, 1921 – March 30, 1923
Preceded byWilliam H. Frankhauser
Succeeded byArthur B. Williams
Personal details
Born(1853-02-06)February 6, 1853
Belfast, Ireland
DiedMarch 30, 1923(1923-03-30) (aged 70)
Charlotte, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lena Parkhurst
ChildrenLucile E., William P.
MotherBarbara McNunn
FatherRichard Smith
Alma materUniversity of Michigan at Ann Arbor

BiographyEdit

Smith was born in Belfast, Ireland on February 6, 1853 and immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents, who settled near Plymouth, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He moved to Charlotte, Michigan, in 1867 where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and also worked as a mason. He graduated from the academic department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1879 and from the law department in 1880. He was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Detroit. He was married to Lena Parkhurst, daughter of Major John D. Parkhurst of Charlotte, on October 23, 1887. They had two children, Lucile (born in 1889) and William P. Smith.[1]

Smith served as prosecuting attorney of Eaton County 1885-1888. He was president of the First National Bank of Charlotte in 1898 and also engaged in manufacturing and agricultural pursuits. Smith was a member of the board of aldermen in 1903 and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1908.

Smith was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1911 until March 3, 1921. He was chairman of the United States House Committee on Labor in the Sixty-sixth Congress. Smith was not a candidate for renomination in 1920, but returned to Congress when he was elected to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William H. Frankhauser, who died in office on May 9, 1921. Smith was reelected to the Sixty-eighth Congress, serving from June 28, 1921, until his death in Charlotte. He is interred in Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Men of Progress: Embracing Biographical Sketches of Representative Michigan Men with an Outline History of the State. The Evening News Association. 1900. p. 396.

External linksEdit