George William Smith (politician)

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George William Smith
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17th Governor of Virginia
In office
April 3, 1811 – December 26, 1811
Preceded by James Monroe
Succeeded by Peyton Randolph
Personal details
Born 1762
Essex County, Virginia
Died December 26, 1811
Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Adams, Jane Reade Jones

George William Smith (1762 – December 26, 1811) was Acting Governor of Virginia, briefly between the terms of John Tyler, Sr. and James Monroe in January 1811 and the 17th Governor of Virginia from April to December of the same year when Monroe resigned to become United States Secretary of State. He was officially elected to the office in December, but later died in a theater fire in Richmond, Virginia. His ashes were placed under a rock at Monumental Church in Richmond with the ashes of other victims of the fire including former senator and president of the Bank of Virginia, Abraham B. Venable.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Monroe
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Peyton Randolph
Acting Governor