George Luke Smith
|George Luke Smith|
|United States Representative from Louisiana's 4th congressional district|
November 24, 1873 – March 3, 1875
|Preceded by||Alexander Boarman|
|Succeeded by||William M. Levy|
|Louisiana State Representative from Caddo Parish|
December 11, 1837|
New Boston, New Hampshire, USA
|Died||July 9, 1884
Hot Springs, Arkansas
|Resting place||West Street Cemetery, Milford, New Hampshire|
|Alma mater||Union College|
During the American Civil War, he served in the Union Army. At the close of the war, he relocated to Shreveport and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872. He served as proprietor of the Shreveport Southwestern Telegram. He served as president of the Shreveport Savings Bank & Trust Company.
Smith was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Samuel Peters and served from November 24, 1873, until March 3, 1875. Considered a Carpetbagger, Smith was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress and was succeeded for one term by the Democrat William M. Levy.
Thereafter, Smith was appointed collector of customs at the port of New Orleans by U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, a position that he held from May 4, 1878, to February 20, 1879. He moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to engage in the real estate business until his death there on July 9, 1884.
He is interred at the West Street Cemetery in Milford, New Hampshire.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district
William M. Levy