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SMITH, John

1752–1816

Biography

SMITH, John, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Mastic, Long Island, N.Y., February 12, 1752; completed preparatory studies; member, State assembly 1784-1799; delegate to the State convention which adopted the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan N. Havens; reelected to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses and served from February 6, 1800, until his resignation, effective February 23, 1804; elected as a Democratic Republican on February 4, 1804, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of De Witt Clinton; reelected, and served from February 23, 1804, to March 3, 1813; United States marshal for the district of New York 1813-1815; major general of the New York Militia at the time of his death in Mastic, Long Island, N.Y., August 12, 1816; interment in the family cemetery on Smiths Point, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 2 broadsides (April 21, 1800; April 14, 1804) and a military appointment (February 22, 1809).

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1780-1812. 15 items. Photocopies of originals in the Manor of St. George Museum.

Manor of St. George Museum

Mastic, NY
Papers: In Tangier Smith family papers, ca.1658-ca.1954. 21 feet. Finding aid.

Museum of the City of New York

New York, NY
Papers: 1788-1800. 6 items. Receipts.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1782-1839. 70 items. Correspondence, military papers, will, and inventory.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1779, 1785. 2 letters.

Smithtown Library

Smithtown, NY
Papers: Letters to Mills Phillips with comments on national political affairs in miscellaneous collections of the Mount and Phillips families, 1741-1882.
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