Arthur Smith (U.S. Representative)

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Arthur Smith
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Isle of Wight County
In office
Preceded by Joel Holleman
Succeeded by Joel Holleman
In office
Alongside Ely Exum, John Crocker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1825
Preceded by James Stephenson
Succeeded by James Trezvant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by John C. Gray
Succeeded by John Floyd
Personal details
Born (1785-11-15)November 15, 1785
Windsor Castle, Smithfield, Virginia
Died March 30, 1853(1853-03-30) (aged 67)
Smithfield, Virginia
Resting place Windsor Castle, Smithfield, Virginia
Political party Democratic-Republican
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Occupation lawyer, planter
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars War of 1812

Arthur Smith (November 15, 1785 – March 30, 1853) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born at "Windsor Castle," near Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Smith attended an academy at Smithfield, Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1808, and commenced practice in Smithfield, Virginia. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Smith served as colonel in the War of 1812. He also served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1818 to 1820.

Smith was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and reelected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1825). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1824.

Smith resumed the practice of law, and again served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1836–1841. He died in Smithfield, Virginia, March 30, 1853. He was interred in the family burying ground on Windsor Castle estate, near Smithfield, Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1823; Smith was re-elected unopposed.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. Gray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Floyd
Preceded by
James Stephenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James Trezvant