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John Cotton Smith

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John Cotton Smith February 12, 1765 – December 7, 1845 was a nineteenth-century lawyer, judge and politician from Connecticut He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, as the 7th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut and as the 23rd Governor of Connecticut

Biographyedit

Smith was born in Sharon, Connecticut, the son of Cotton Mather Smith, a Puritan minister who moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut Smith completed preparatory studies and graduated from Yale College in 1783 After graduation, he studied law and was admitted to the bar He began the practice of law in Sharon in 17871 Smith married Margaret Evertson and they had one son together2

He entered politics as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in 1793 He served in the State House in 1793, 1796 and 1800 In 1800 he served as speaker of that body3

Smith was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jonathan Brace He was reelected to the Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Congresses, serving from November 17, 1800 until his resignation in August 18064 Smith was chairman of the Committee on Claims in the Seventh through Ninth Congresses5

After serving in Congress, Smith served as an associate judge of the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors from 1809 to 181167 He served as the 7th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1811 to 18128 He was the 22nd Governor of Connecticut from October 25, 1812 to May 8, 1817 Smith was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor on the Federalist ticket in 1817 He was the last Federalist Governor of Connecticut9

Smith retired from politics but remained involved in academic and religious organizations He was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Society,1011 and was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 181312 He served as president of the American Bible Society from 1831 until his death in 184513 Smith died on December 7, 1845 in Sharon He is interred in Hillside Cemetery

Smith's home in Sharon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "John Cotton Smith" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on January 6, 2013 Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  2. ^ "JOHN COTTON SMITH, GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT, 1812-1817" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on April 14, 2013 Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  3. ^ "Connecticut Governor John Cotton Smith" National Governors Association Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  4. ^ "Rep John Cotton Smith" Govtrackus Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  5. ^ "SMITH, John Cotton, 1765 - 1845" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  6. ^ "Smith, John Cotton 1765-1845" The Political Graveyard Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  7. ^ "JOHN COTTON SMITH" Litchfield Historical Society Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  8. ^ "John Cotton Smith" Connecticut General Assembly Archived from the original on April 19, 2012 Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  9. ^ "John Cotton Smith President of the American Bible Society, 1831-1845" American Bible History Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  10. ^ "John Cotton Smith" Connecticut State Library Archived from the original on January 6, 2013 Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  11. ^ "Connecticut Governor John Cotton Smith" National Governors Association Retrieved January 1, 2013 
  12. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  13. ^ "John Cotton Smith President of the American Bible Society, 1831-1845" American Bible History Retrieved January 1, 2013 

External linksedit

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: SMITH, John Cotton, 1765 - 1845
  • Biographical Sketch of John Cotton Smith
  • John Cotton Smith at Find a Grave
  • National Governors Association: Connecticut Governor John Cotton Smith
  • Connecticut State Library: John Cotton Smith
  • Govtrackus: Rep John Cotton Smith
  • The Political Graveyard: Smith, John Cotton 1765-1845


US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonathan Brace
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Connecticut's at-large congressional district

1800–1806
Succeeded by
Theodore Dwight
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Griswold
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
1811–1813
Succeeded by
Chauncey Goodrich
Preceded by
Roger Griswold
Governor of Connecticut
1812–1817
Succeeded by
Oliver Wolcott, Jr

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