John Smith Edit Profile
He attended the common schools, and moved to St. Albans where he read law.
He served as a U.S. Representative. He was admitted to the bar in 1810 and began the practice of law in St. Albans. He was State's Attorney for Franklin County from 1826 until 1832.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth Congress, serving from March 4, 1839 until March 3, 1841. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress. While in Congress, Smith delivered the speech, "“The Defense of the Independent Treasury Idea", which gained national attention and was considered one of the best speeches on this subject.
Smith received an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Vermont. After leaving Congress, Smith became involved in railroad enterprises and helped establish the Vermont and Canada Railroad. John Smith married Maria Waitstill Curtis in 1814.
Their children included Harriet Maria, J. Gregory, Edward Curtis, Worthington Curtis, Julia Pierpont, Francis Curtis, and Louisa Ten Broeck. He was the grandfather of Edward Curtis Smith. In addition, his family was related by marriage to those of Lawrence Brainerd, Amaziah Bailey James and F. Stewart Stranahan.
Smith was also the great-great-grandfather of William Scranton, who served as Governor of and a Congressman from Pennsylvania. The genealogical line runs from John Smith (great-great-grandfather) to Worthington C. Smith (great-grandfather) to Katherine Maria Smith Scranton (grandmother) to Worthington Scranton (father) to William Scranton. Smith died on November 26, 1858 in St. Albans, Vermont.
He in interred at Greenwood Cemetery in St. Albans.
Smith was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1827 until 1837, and served as Speaker from 1831 until 1833.