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Smedley Darlington (December 24, 1827 – June 24, 1899) was an American politician who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district from 1887 to 1891.

Smedley Darlington
Smedley Darlington (Pennsylvania Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byJames B. Everhart
Succeeded byJohn B. Robinson
Personal details
Born(1827-12-24)December 24, 1827
Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 24, 1899(1899-06-24) (aged 71)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican


Darlington (second cousin of Congressmen Edward Darlington, Isaac Darlington, and William Darlington) was born in Pocopson Township, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and the Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia. He taught at Friends’ Central School for several years, and while teaching he made stenographic reports of sermons, lectures, and speeches for the morning dailies of Philadelphia. He established a school in Ercildoun, Pennsylvania, in 1851 which he operated for twelve years.

He enlisted in the Civil War as a private and was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain in Beaumont’s independent company of cavalry, Pennsylvania Volunteer Emergency Militia. He was discharged with the company on September 24, 1862. He moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1864. He conducted an extensive banking and brokerage business.

Darlington was a delegate to the Liberal Republican National Convention in 1872 and the 1896 Republican National Convention. He was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1890. He resumed the brokerage business and banking. He died in West Chester in 1899 and is interred in Oaklands Cemetery.

Smedley Darlington Grave

He was the grandfather of Smedley Darlington Butler.


  • United States Congress. "Smedley Darlington (id: D000058)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James B. Everhart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Robinson