1782 – 1846
Who was Thomas Smith?
A native of Pennsylvania, Smith resided in Tinicum Township in the state's Delaware County when, in 1806, he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving through 1807. A Federalist Party candidate in the Election of 1814, he won the first district seat to represent Pennsylvania in the Fourteenth United States Congress from March 4, 1815 to March 3, 1817.
In 1815, the first year of his one-term Congressional service, Thomas Smith moved to Darby Township. Three decades later, at the time of his death, he was still in public service, as a justice of the peace in Darby. Although the year of his birth has remained undocumented, his record as a state politician in the first decade of the 19th century indicates that he lived at least into his mid- to late sixties. The interment was in St. James’s Cemetery in Paschall.
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