Charles Emory Smith

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Charles Emory Smith
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39th United States Postmaster General
In office
April 21, 1898 – January 8, 1902
Preceded by James A. Gary
Succeeded by Henry C. Payne
Personal details
Born (1842-02-18)February 18, 1842
Mansfield, Connecticut, U.S.
Died January 19, 1908(1908-01-19) (aged 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Union College
Profession Politician, Editor

Charles Emory Smith (February 18, 1842 – January 19, 1908) was an American journalist and political leader. He was born in Mansfield, Connecticut.

In 1849 his family removed to Albany, New York, where he attended the public schools and The Albany Academy. He graduated from Union College in 1861, was a recruiting officer on the staff of General John F. Rathbone (1819–1901) in 1861-1862, taught in the Albany Academy in 1862-1865, and was editor of the Albany Express in 1865-1870. He joined the staff of the Albany Journal in 1870, and was editor-in-chief of this paper from 1876 to 1880. In 1879-1880 he was a regent of the University of the State of New York. From 1880 until his death he was editor and part proprietor of the Philadelphia Press.

He was active as a Republican in state and national politics; was chairman of the Committee on Resolutions of the New York State Republican Conventions from 1874 to 1880 (excepting 1877), and was president of the convention of 1879; and was a delegate to several Republican National Conventions, drafting much of the Republican platforms of 1876 and 1896.

In 1890 to 1892 he was United States minister to Russia, and during that period had charge of distributing among the Russian famine sufferers five shiploads of food and other supplies, valued at an estimated $750,000. He was Postmaster General in the cabinet of Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt from April, 1898 until January, 1902, and did much to develop the rural free delivery system. He died in Philadelphia on January 19, 1908.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Gary
United States Postmaster General
Served under: William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt

April 21, 1898 – January 8, 1902
Succeeded by
Henry C. Payne
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Allen Thorndike Rice
United States Minister to Russia
February 14, 1890 – April 17, 1892
Succeeded by
Andrew D. White