John Quincy Smith
|John Quincy Smith|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's third district
March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875
|Preceded by||Lewis D. Campbell|
|Succeeded by||John S. Savage|
|Commissioner of Indian Affairs|
November 12, 1875 – September 27, 1877
|Preceded by||Edward Parmelee Smith|
|Succeeded by||Ezra A. Hayt|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 5th district
January 2, 1860 – January 5, 1862
|Preceded by||James J. Winans|
|Succeeded by||Mills Gardner|
January 1, 1872 – January 4, 1874
|Preceded by||Moses D. Gatch|
|Succeeded by||Samuel N. Yeoman|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Clinton County district
January 6, 1862 – January 3, 1864
|Preceded by||Bebee Truesdale|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Evans|
November 5, 1824|
|Died||December 30, 1901
Clinton County, Ohio
|Resting place||Miami Cemetery, Waynesville|
|Spouse(s)||Lydia Emeline Evans|
|Alma mater||Miami University|
John Quincy Smith (November 5, 1824 – December 30, 1901) was a farmer, politician and legislator from Ohio.
Life & career
John Q. Smith was born to Thomas Edward Smith (1783–1841) and Mary Kennedy Whitehill (1788–1849), natives of Virginia, on their Warren County, Ohio farm near Waynesville. A voracious reader, his early schooling was limited because of his duties on the family farm, but his father believed in the advantages of an education, so that John Quincy was able to spend a short time at Miami University.
In July 1852, John Q. Smith married Lydia Emeline Evans, a native of Warren county. They had six children, one of whom died in childhood. In 1854, he relocated his young family to Clinton County, Ohio.
He was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1859 as a Republican. In Columbus, during the legislative sessions, Smith's roommate was James A. Garfield, who was just starting out on his public career, and other intimate acquaintances were John Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant. In 1861, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, and served two years. In 1870, he was elected as a member of the Ohio State Board of Equalization. He was again elected State Senator in 1871.
Smith was appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the Grant Administration on December 11, 1875. His administration saw several controversies, including the Great Sioux War of 1876-77 (including the Battle of the Little Bighorn), the removal of the Ponca Indians to Indian Territory and charges of corruption against his chief clerk, Samuel Galpin. He was removed from office on September 27, 1877.
He remained an ardent Republican until President Grover Cleveland's first administration, when he allied himself with the Democratic party because of his views on tariff reform, and thereafter he remained a Democrat. His published articles on tariff in the New York Evening Post attracted wide attention throughout the country and were extensively quoted by the press and on the stump.
John Quincy Smith left public life and retired to his farm “Sycamores” in Oakland, Ohio where he died. He is buried in Miami Cemetery, Waynesville, Ohio.
- Poore 1878 : 235
- Edward E. Hill, "John Q. Smith, 1875-77," in Robert M. Kvasnicka and Herman J. Viola (eds.), The Commissioners of Indian Affairs from 1824 to 1977, pp. 149-153.
- John Quincy Smith at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Taylor, William A. Ohio in Congress from 1803 to 1901. Columbus, Ohio: The XX Century Publishing Company, 1901.
- History of Clinton County, Ohio. Chicago: W. H. Beers & Co., 1882.
- Poore, Benjamin Perley (1878). The political register and congressional directory: a statistical record of the Federal Officials...1776-1878. Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company.