John Smith (New York politician, born 1752)

John Smith
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United States Senator
from New York
In office
February 23, 1804 – March 4, 1813
Preceded byJohn Armstrong, Jr.
Succeeded byRufus King
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st district
In office
February 27, 1800 – February 23, 1804
Preceded byJonathan Nicoll Havens
Succeeded bySamuel Riker
Personal details
Born(1752-02-12)February 12, 1752
Mastic Beach, New York
DiedAugust 12, 1816(1816-08-12) (aged 64)
Mastic Beach, New York
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

John Smith (February 12, 1752 – August 12, 1816) was an American politician from New York.


He was born on February 12, 1752, the son of State Senator William Smith (1720–1799) and Mary (Smith) Smith (1735–1758). His mother died on April 22, 1758, a week after the birth of a daughter Mary who died the next year.[1] He lived at Manor St. George in Mastic Beach, Suffolk County, New York. In 1762, his father married Ruth Woodhull (1740–1822), a sister of Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull (1722–1776), and from that marriage John had six half-siblings.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Suffolk Co.) in 1784–85, from 1787 to 1794, and from 1798 to 1800.

He was elected to the 6th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan N. Havens, and took his seat on February 27, 1800. He was re-elected to the 7th and 8th United States Congresses, and served until February 23, 1804, when he took his seat in the U.S. Senate.

In February 1804, he was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DeWitt Clinton, replacing the temporarily appointed John Armstrong. He was re-elected in 1807, and served until March 4, 1813.

John Smith was a great-grandson of Chief Justicee William "Tangier" Smith (1655–1705).


  1. ^ "Mary Smith (1735–1758)" at Long Island Surnames

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonathan Nicoll Havens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel Riker
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Armstrong, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from New York
Served alongside: John Armstrong, Jr., Samuel L. Mitchill, Obadiah German
Succeeded by
Rufus King