William Jay Smith (Tennessee politician)
|William Jay Smith|
|United States Representative|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
September 24, 1823|
|Died||November 29, 1913
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ann Ross Smith|
|Profession||Printer, surveyor, soldier, realtor, banker|
|Rank||Colonel, 6th Regt. Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry
Breveted Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers, on July 16, 1865
|Battles/wars||Mexican-American War, American Civil War|
Smith was born in Birmingham, England on September 24, 1823, and immigrated to the United States and settled in Orange County, New York. He attended the common schools, and after he had learned the printing trade, he moved to Tennessee in 1846.
In the American Civil War, Smith served as a Brevet Brigadier General in the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1865. He was a member of the State house of representatives from 1865 to 1867. He also served in the State senate from 1867 to 1869, and again from 1885 to 1887. He was a surveyor of the port of Memphis, Tennessee from 1871 to 1883.
Elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress, Smith served from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1871. An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he engaged in the real estate and banking businesses. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876.
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