Joseph Showalter Smith

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Joseph S. Smith
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1871
Preceded by Rufus Mallory
Succeeded by James H. Slater
Personal details
Born June 20, 1824
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Died September 28, 1884
Portland, Oregon
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Julia A. Carter

Joseph Showalter Smith (June 20, 1824 – September 28, 1884) was a Representative from the U.S. state of Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Smith moved with his farmer parents to Ohio and Indiana where he attended the common schools.[1][2] In 1844, at the age of 20, he was one of the early traveler on the Oregon Trail to Oregon, arriving in the spring of 1845 and settling in Salem where he taught school, studied law, and was admitted to the bar.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

In 1851, he sought election as Portland's first mayor, but lost by four votes to Hugh O'Bryant.[3] In 1853, he moved to Olympia, Washington, and was elected to the Washington territorial house of representatives in 1856 and served as speaker.[1][2] He was appointed United States attorney for Washington Territory by President James Buchanan March 12, 1857.[1]

Smith returned to Salem in 1858 and practiced law for twelve years.[1] In 1862, he was selected by the Democratic convention to be their candidate for Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, but he declined the nomination.[2] In 1866, he was the Democratic candidate for United States Senate, but lost to Republican Henry W. Corbett by three votes in the Legislature.[2]

Grave of Joseph Showalter Smith

In 1868, Smith was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served one term from March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1871.[1] After his term was completed, he moved to Portland, Oregon and resumed his law practice.[1] He ran for Governor of Oregon in 1882, but lost to Republican Zenas Ferry Moody.[1]

He died in Portland on September 28, 1884[4] and was interred in Portland's River View Cemetery.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Smith, Joseph Schoewaiter". AccessGenealogy.com. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  3. ^ Lansing, Jewel (2003). Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001. 
  4. ^ The Oregonian (Portland). 29 Sep 1884. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rufus Mallory
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1871
Succeeded by
James H. Slater