Perry Smith (politician)

Perry Smith (May 12, 1783 – June 8, 1852) was a Connecticut lawyer and politician. He served in the Connecticut House of Representatives (1822-1823, 1835-1836) and United States Senate (1837-1843).

Perry Smith
United States Senator
from Connecticut
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byGideon Tomlinson
Succeeded byJohn Milton Niles
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1783-05-12)May 12, 1783
Woodbury, Connecticut
DiedJune 8, 1852(1852-06-08) (aged 69)
New Milford, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseAnne Comstock Smith
Alma materLitchfield Law School

Biography edit

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 edit

A member of Connecticut 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 edit

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

References edit

  1. ^ "Perry Smith". Litchfield Historical Society. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  2. ^ Perry Smith. Connecticut Biographical Dictionary. January 2008. ISBN 9781878592590. 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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U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Connecticut
Served alongside: John M. Niles, Thaddeus Betts, Jabez W. Huntington
Succeeded by