George Washington Smith (congressman)

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George Washington Smith
George Washington Smith.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – November 30, 1907
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byNapoleon B. Thistlewood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 22nd district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byWilliam A. Rodenberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJohn R. Thomas
Succeeded byOrlando Burrell
Personal details
Born(1846-08-18)August 18, 1846
Putnam County, Ohio
DiedNovember 30, 1907(1907-11-30) (aged 61)
Murphysboro, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Alma materMcKendree College
Indiana University School of Law
OccupationAttorney

George Washington Smith (August 18, 1846 – November 30, 1907) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Putnam County, Ohio, Smith moved with his father to Wayne County, Illinois, in 1850. Learned the blacksmith trade. He also attended the common schools. In 1868 he graduated from the literary department of McKendree College. After this he studied law in Fairfield, Illinois.

He then went to Indiana University where he received a law degree in 1870. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Murphysboro, Illinois. He served as master in chancery 1880-1888.

M. Alice Dailey

He married M. Alice Dailey. She was born at Murphysboro, Illinois, where she lived with her parents until her marriage with George W. Smith, then a brilliant young lawyer. [1]

Smith was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1889, until his death in Murphysboro, Illinois, November 30, 1907, before the convening of the Sixtieth Congress. He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses). He was interred in the City Cemetery.

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References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "George Washington Smith (id: S000541)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Specific
  1. ^ Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book.

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John R. Thomas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th congressional district

1889–1895
Succeeded by
Orlando Burrell
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 22nd congressional district

1895–1903
Succeeded by
William A. Rodenberg
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 25th congressional district

1903–1907
Succeeded by
Napoleon B. Thistlewood