Truman Smith Edit Profile
Smith completed preparatory studies and graduated from Yale College in 1815. He studied law at Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1818, commencing practice in Litchfield, Connecticut.
He also served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1831 to 1832, and in 1834. He was the nephew of Nathaniel Smith and Nathan Smith. He was elected a Whig to the United States House of Representatives, representing the 5th district, during the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses, and serving from March 4, 1839 to March 3, 1843, declining renomination in 1842.
Smith was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844 He was elected back to the House of Representatives representing the 4th District for the Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth Congresses. He served from March 4, 1845, to March 3, 1849. Smith declined the appointment to be the first United States Secretary of the Interior from President Zachary Taylor in 1849 having been elected to the United States Senate.
He served from March 4, 1849, until his resignation May 24, 1854. Mary Ann was the adopted daughter of the miniaturist Anson Dickinson. Smith's New York law office was open from 1854 to 1871.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Smith judge of the Court of Arbitration under the treaty of 1862 with Great Britain for the suppression of the slave trade where he served until 1870. Smith retired from business that year and died in Stamford, Connecticut on May 3, 1884,(age 92 years, 158 days). He is interned at Stamford in Woodland Cemetery.
Member Connecticut House of Representatives, 1831-1832, 34. Member United States House of Representatives from Connecticut, 26th-27th, 29th-30th congresses, 1839-1843, 45-49. Member United States Senate from Connecticut, 1849.
Married Maria Cook; married second, Mary A. Dickinson.