Frederick Smith (lawyer)

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Frederick Smith
Frederick Smith, 1773–1830.jpg
11th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
December 18, 1823 – February 5, 1828
Preceded by Thomas Elder
Succeeded by Calvin Blythe
Personal details
Born March 1, 1773
Germantown, Philadelphia
Died October 6, 1830
Reading, Pennsylvania
Spouse(s) Catherine Leaf[1][2]
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Profession Attorney, Judge

Frederick Smith (March 1, 1773–October 6, 1830) was a Pennsylvania lawyer. He was state Attorney General (1823–8) and a Justice of the state's Supreme Court (1828–30).

Biography and career[edit]

Smith was born in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. After graduating in 1792[3] from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked and studied in the office of Jared Ingersoll, a signer of the U. S. Constitution who was then the newly appointed state Attorney General. In 1794, Smith moved to Reading, and practiced law in Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.

In 1803 he was part of the team defending, unsuccessfully, the controversial Susanna Cox.[4]

In 1823, Governor Shulze offered Smith the position of Secretary of the Commonwealth, which he declined, but then offered Smith the position of state Attorney General, which he accepted. He served until 1828, when he resigned upon being appointed to the state Supreme Court, where he served until his death in 1830.


Further reading[edit]

  • Samuel Hazard (ed.), The Register of Pennsylvania, volume VI, July 1830–January 1831, p. 265 Obituary
Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Elder
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Calvin Blythe