Frederick Smith (lawyer)
|11th Attorney General of Pennsylvania|
December 18, 1823 – February 5, 1828
|Preceded by||Thomas Elder|
|Succeeded by||Calvin Blythe|
|Born||March 1, 1773
|Died||October 6, 1830
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
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
Smith was born in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. After graduating in 1792 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 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.
- "Notes and Queries". The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography XVII (2): 235. 1893.
- "Find A Grave".
- Catalogue of the Alumni of the University of Pennsylvania: Comprising Lists of the Provosts, Vice-provosts, Professors, Tutors, Instructors, Trustees, and Alumni of the Collegiate Departments : with a List of the Recipients of Honorary Degrees, 1749-1877. 1877. p. 20.
- Patricia Ernest Suter, Russell Earnest, Corinne Earnest (2010). The Hanging of Susanna Cox: The True Story of Pennsylvania's Most Notorious Infanticide and the Legend That's Kept it Alive. Stackpole Books. p. 118.
- Samuel Hazard (ed.), The Register of Pennsylvania, volume VI, July 1830–January 1831, p. 265 Obituary
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