William Jay Smith
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Tennessee's 8th district
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
|Preceded by||David A. Nunn|
|Succeeded by||William W. Vaughan|
|Born||September 24, 1823|
|Died||November 29, 1913 (aged 90)|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Ann Ross Smith|
|Profession||Printer, surveyor, soldier, realtor, banker|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
Brevet Brigadier General
|Commands||6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment|
American Civil War
Smith was born in Birmingham, England on September 24, 1823, and immigrated to the United States and settled in Orange County, New York. He attended the common schools, and after he had learned the printing trade, he moved to Tennessee in 1846.
In the American Civil War, Smith served as Colonel of the 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment in the Union Army from 1861 to 1865; and was brevetedt Brigadier General for his services. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1865. He was a member of the State house of representatives from 1865 to 1867. He also served in the State senate from 1867 to 1869, and again from 1885 to 1887. He was a surveyor of the port of Memphis, Tennessee from 1871 to 1883.
Elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress, Smith served from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1871. An unsuccessful candidate for reelection, he engaged in the real estate and banking businesses. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876.
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 |
David A. Nunn
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Tennessee's 8th congressional district
William W. Vaughan