Thomas Smith (Indiana congressman)

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Thomas Smith
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1839 March 3, 1841
Preceded by George H. Dunn
Succeeded by James H. Cravens
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1843 March 3, 1847
Preceded by Joseph L. White
Succeeded by John L. Robinson
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
1836-1839
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
1829-1830
1833-1836
Personal details
Born(1799-05-01)May 1, 1799
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 12, 1876(1876-04-12) (aged 76)
Versailles, Indiana
Political party Democratic
OccupationCongressman

Thomas Smith (May 1, 1799 – April 12, 1876) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana.

United States House of Representatives lower house of the United States Congress

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.

Indiana State of the United States of America

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.

Smith was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. In 1818, he moved to Rising Sun, Indiana, where he learned the trade of tanning. He then moved to Versailles, Indiana in 1821 and established a tanyard. Smith eventually became a colonel in the state militia, and member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1829, 1830, and from 1833 to 1836. He also served in the state senate from 1836 to 1839.

Fayette County, Pennsylvania County in the United States

Fayette County is a county of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Fayette County is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, adjacent to Maryland and West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 136,606. Its county seat is Uniontown. The county was created on September 26, 1783, from part of Westmoreland County and named after the Marquis de Lafayette.

Rising Sun, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Rising Sun is a city in Randolph Township, Ohio County, Indiana, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 2,304 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of and the only incorporated community in Ohio County.

Tanning (leather) process of treating animal skin to produce leather

Tanning is the process of treating skins and hides of animals to produce leather. A tannery is the place where the skins are processed.

Smith was elected as a Democratic Representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district to the Twenty-Sixth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1839 until March 3, 1841. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress, but was elected in Indiana's 3rd congressional district to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1846. Smith was a delegate to the Indiana constitutional convention in 1850.

Indianas 4th congressional district District that is in the north west to central part of the state, including Crawfordsville, Lafayette, the western Indianapolis suburbs, and portions of Kokomo

Indiana's 4th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. From 2003 to 2013 the district was based primarily in the central part of the state, and consisted of all of Boone, Clinton, Hendricks, Morgan, Lawrence, Montgomery, and Tippecanoe counties and parts of Fountain, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, and White counties. The district surrounded Indianapolis including the suburban area of Greenwood and encompassed the more exurban areas of Crawfordsville and Bedford, as well as the college town of Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Indianas 3rd congressional district District based in Fort Wayne that takes in the northeastern part of the state

Indiana's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in Fort Wayne, the district takes in the northeastern part of the state.

Smith died in Versailles, Indiana aged 76 and was interred in Cliff Hill Cemetery.

Versailles, Indiana Town in Indiana, United States

Versailles is a town in Johnson Township, Ripley County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 2,113 at the 2010 census. The town is the county seat of Ripley County.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George H. Dunn
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

1839-1841
Succeeded by
James H. Cravens
Preceded by
Joseph L. White
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

1843-1847
Succeeded by
John L. Robinson

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