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Pennsylvania State Senate

A Herr Smith

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Edited, Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress




Session Position District Party
1845 7 Whig
1847 7 Whig
 Counties   Lancaster, Lebanon


1815 - 1894

Born near Millersville, Manor Township, in Lancaster County, Pa., March 7, 1815, the son of millwright Jacob and Elizabeth (Herr) Smith; attended Professor Beck’s Academy at Lititz, Lancaster County, Pa.; graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa.; member of the State House of Representatives in 1843 and 1844; served in the State Senate in 1845; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Forty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful for renomination in 1884; resumed the practice of law; died in Lancaster, Pa., February 16, 1894; interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery. Senator Smith never married.