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Samuel Axley Smith

Lea Henderson Smith

Martha E Mccarty Smith Children

William Smith

John Lea Smith Profession

lawyer politician

land agent

Samuel Axley Smith was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd congressional district of Tennessee


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Smith was born in Monroe County, Tennessee on June 26, 1822 He received a limited education, taught school, and studied law He was admitted to the bar in 1845, and he commenced practice in Cleveland, Tennessee He married Lea Henderson He married Martha E Mccarty and they had two children, William and John Lea1


From 1848 to 1850, Smith was a district attorney general, and he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1848

Smith was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth, and Thirty-fifth Congresses He served from March 4, 1853 to March 3, 18592 He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress

Appointed by President Buchanan to be Commissioner of the General Land Office, Smith served from January 18 to February 12, 1860, when he resigned On November 16, 1861, he was appointed by the governor of Tennessee to be an agent to collect arms for the Confederate Army3


Smith died at Ladd Springs, Tennessee in Polk County on November 25, 1863 age 41 years, 152 days He is interred at Amos Ladd's Burial Ground, Ladd Springs, Tennessee4


  1. ^ "Samuel Axley Smith" Ancestrycom Retrieved 21 March 2013 
  2. ^ "Samuel Axley Smith" Govtrack US Congress Retrieved 21 March 2013 
  3. ^ "Samuel Axley Smith" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved 21 March 2013 
  4. ^ "Samuel Axley Smith" The Political Graveyard Retrieved 21 March 2013 

External linksedit

  • Samuel Axley Smith at Find a Grave
  • United States Congress "Samuel Axley Smith id: S000612" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 

US House of Representatives
Preceded by
Josiah M Anderson
Member of the US House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Reese B Brabson
Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas A Hendricks
Commissioner of the General Land Office
Succeeded by
Joseph S Wilson

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