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John Cotton Smith

February 12, 1765
December 7, 1845
Home Town:
Sharon, CT
Biographical Notes:
John Cotton Smith graduated from Yale College in 1783, then read law with John Canfield, and was admitted to the bar in Litchfield County in 1786. He married, Margaret Evertson, of Amenia, New York on October 29, 1786. In 1793 elected first representative to the town of Sharon to the State General Assembly. He stayed on there until 1800, when he was elected to Congress as a Federalist. He stayed on as a representative until he resigned in 1806. Later that year he again became a representative to the State Legislature and was chosen as speaker from 1807 to 1808. In 1809 he was elected member of the upper house. In 1810 he was appointed an associate Judge of the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors. Smith served as Lieutenant Governor in 1811 and 1812. He became acting Governor upon the ...

Other Education:
Yale 1783

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
John Canfield
Political Party:
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (Washington D.C.) 1800-1806
Federal Committees:
Committee on Claims
State Posts:
State House of Representatives 1793-1800, 1807-1809
Lt. Governor 1811-1812
Governor 1812-1818

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