Edward Dunlap Smith

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Edward Dunlap Smith (1807 – March 28, 1883) was a Presbyterian clergyman and served as Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives (1834–1835).

Early life[edit]

Edward Dunlap Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a prominent ironmaster. He was a graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary.[1]


Smith served a Presbyterian church in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York City's Old Chelsea Presbyterian Church (West 22nd Street) in 1838 and preached there for 30 years before retiring.[1]

Chaplain of the House of Representatives[edit]

On Dec. 1, 1834, Rev. Edward Dunlap Smith was appointed chaplain of the United States House of Representatives.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Smith met his wife Jane Blair Cary, daughter Virginia Randolph and Wilson Jefferson Cary, while a student at the University of Virginia. The Smiths were the parents of four sons, including, Archibald Cary Smith the celebrated marine architect, and two daughters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c New York Times Obituary: March 29, 1883.
  2. ^ Presbyterian Historical Society, Montreat, NC
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas H. Stockton
24th US House Chaplain
December 10, 1834 – December 24, 1835
Succeeded by
Thomas H. Stockton