He attended Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
He served as member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872. He was a proprietor of the Shreveport Southwestern Telegram. He also served as president of the Shreveport Savings Bank &. Trust Co.
Smith was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Samuel Peters and served from November 24, 1873, to March 3, 1875. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress. He was appointed collector of customs at the port of New Orleans by President Hayes and served from May 4, 1878, to February 20, 1879.
He moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and engaged in the real estate business until his death in that city on July 9, 1884.
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