Matthew Smith (Pennsylvania statesman)

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Matthew Smith
2nd Vice-President of Pennsylvania
In office
11 October 1779 – 23 October 1779
Preceded byGeorge Bryan
Succeeded byWilliam Moore
Personal details
DiedJuly 22, 1794

Matthew Smith (also spelled Mathew Smith)—{1734-July 22, 1794},[1]—was a Pennsylvania politician.

He served briefly as Vice-President of Pennsylvania (a position analogous to the modern office of Lieutenant Governor) following the resignation of George Bryan on 11 October 1779. Smith was elected and took office that same day and served until his own resignation on 23 October 1779. At twelve days, Smith's was the shortest tenure of the ten men who served as Vice-President under the Commonwealth's 1776 Constitution—in fact, his was the shortest term of any Governor or Lieutenant Governor in the history of the Commonwealth. (John Bell served as Governor for fourteen days in January 1947, and David Redick held the Vice-Presidency for twenty two days in the fall of 1788.) As was the case with his predecessor, no reason is given for his resignation in the minutes of the Council.[2] By virtue of his office, Smith served as an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania for a similarly brief period, October–November 1779.[3]


  1. ^ Historical Register: Notes and Queries, Historical and ..., Volumes 1-2 p.231
  2. ^ Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, from its organization to the termination of the Revolution. [Mar. 4, 1777 - Dec. 20, 1790]. Harrisburg, Pub. by the State, 1852-53. Entries for 11 Oct 1779 (v. XII, p 127), 25 Oct 1779 (v. XII, p 147).
  3. ^ University of Pennsylvania biography of Matthew Smith Archived 2007-02-04 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 17 April 2007.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Bailey
Member, Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, representing Lancaster County
28 May 1778 – 5 January 1781
Succeeded by
James Cunningham
Preceded by
George Bryan
Vice-President of Pennsylvania
11 October 1779 – 23 October 1779
Succeeded by
William Moore
(took office 11 November 1779)