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Pennsylvania State Senate

Charles H Smiley



Session Position District Party
1881-1882 31 Republican
1883-1884 31 Republican
 Counties   Juniata, Mifflin, Perry


1844 - 1912

Born in Shermansdale, Perry County, on May 9, 1844, Charles Smiley was the son of Samuel and Sarah McMurray Smiley; he attended public schools in Carlisle; Bloomfield Academy, and taught school before enlisting in 1861, Elliottsburg, Pa., serving in the Middle Military Div., in the emergent U.S. Army Signal Corps under its 1860 founder, Col. Albert Myers.  Smiley participated in all campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley and the Valley of Virginia, notably: Manassas, Winchester, New Market, Cedar Mtn., and Lynchburg; transferred to the Dept. of West Virginia, May 18, 1864; meritorious performance at Round Top Station, Strasburg, Va.; mustered out on Aug. 2, 1865, Signal Corps Camp, Arlington, Va. Returning from the war, he was elected Prothonotary of Perry County, 1867-1870; read law and admitted to county bar, 1872; private practice; elected to the state Senate, 1881, serving through 1884. He retired to his law practice, becoming a prominent attorney in late 19th and early 20th century Perry County.  Senator Charles H. Smiley passed away in New Bloomfield, March 18, 1912.