George Washington Smith (congressman)

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George Washington Smith
George Washington Smith.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th, 22nd, and 25th district
In office
March 4, 1889 – November 30, 1907
Preceded by John R. Thomas
Succeeded by Napoleon B. Thistlewood
Personal details
Born (1846-09-18)September 18, 1846
Putnam County, Ohio
Died November 30, 1907(1907-11-30) (aged 61)
Murphysboro, Illinois
Political party Republican Party
Alma mater McKendree College
Indiana University
Occupation Attorney

George Washington Smith (August 18, 1846 - November 30, 1907) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Putnam County, Ohio, Smith moved with his father to Wayne County, Illinois, in 1850. Learned the blacksmith trade. He also attended the common schools. In 1868 he graduated from the literary department of McKendree College. After this he studied law in Fairfield, Illinois.

He then went to Indiana University where he received a law degree in 1870. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Murphysboro, Illinois. He served as master in chancery 1880-1888.

Smith was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1889, until his death in Murphysboro, Illinois, November 30, 1907, before the convening of the Sixtieth Congress. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses). He was interred in the City Cemetery.

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