William Smith (Maryland)

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William Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1789 – March 3, 1791
Preceded by Nobody (District Created)
Succeeded by Samuel Sterett
Personal details
Born (1728-04-12)April 12, 1728
Donegal Township, Pennsylvania
Died March 27, 1814(1814-03-27) (aged 85)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political party Anti-Administration

William Smith (April 12, 1728 – March 27, 1814) was an American politician and representative of the fourth congressional district of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives.

Smith was born in Donegal Township of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1761, and was appointed a member of the committee of correspondence in 1774, and a member of the committee of observation in 1775. Smith was also one of a committee appointed by the Continental Congress to constitute a naval board in 1777.

Mrs. James Smith and Grandson, a 1776 portrait by Charles Willson Peale of Smith's mother Mary and his son Campbell.[1]

Smith was chosen as a Maryland delegate to the Continental Congress in 1777. He subsequently pursued a career as a merchant, and then was elected to the First United States Congress, from March 4, 1789, until March 3, 1791. Smith was the First Auditor of the United States Treasury from July 16, 1791 to November 27, 1791. He returned to local politics to be elected to the Maryland Senate in 1801. Smith died in Baltimore and was interred in the Old Westminster Graveyard.

Smith's daughter Mary was married to Gen. Otho Holland Williams, founder of Williamsport, Maryland. Williams served in the Revolutionary War as Deputy Adjutant General to both Gens. Horatio Gates and Nathanael Greene.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Research notes: Mrs. James Smith and Grandson". Smithsonian American Art Museum. December 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Seat created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th congressional district

1789–1791
Succeeded by
Samuel Sterett