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Oliver Hampton Smith

Oliver Hampton Smith
Oliver Hampton Smith from Who-When-What Book, 1900
Indiana House of Representatives
In office
United States Congressman from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 4, 1829
United States Senator from Indiana
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1843
Preceded by William Hendricks
Succeeded by Edward A. Hannegan
Personal details
Born October 23, 1794
Smith's Island, New Jersey
Died March 19, 1859 (aged 64)
Charlestown, Indiana
Political party Democratic-Republican
Profession Lawyer

Oliver Hampton Smith (October 23, 1794 – March 19, 1859) was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana. Born on Smith's Island, near Trenton, New Jersey, attended the common schools and moved west, eventually settling in Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 1818. He is also believed to have been born at the Smith Family Farmstead in Upper Makefield Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[1] He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1820, commencing practice in Connersville. From 1822 to 1824 he was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and was prosecuting attorney for the third judicial district, 1824-1825.

Smith was elected to the Twentieth Congress (March 4, 1827–March 3, 1829) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828; he was then elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1843. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills (Twenty-sixth Congress) and a member of the Committee on Public Lands (Twenty-seventh Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection and moved to Indianapolis where he resumed the practice of law. He declined to be a candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1845 and engaged in the railroad business in Indianapolis. He died in that city in 1859; interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery.


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Preceded by
William Hendricks
United States Senator (Class 3) from Indiana
Served alongside: John Tipton, Albert S. White
Succeeded by
Edward A. Hannegan


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