Thomas Smith (Indiana congressman)

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Thomas Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byGeorge H. Dunn
Succeeded byJames H. Cravens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byJoseph L. White
Succeeded byJohn L. Robinson
Member of the Indiana Senate
In office
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1799-05-01)May 1, 1799
Fayette County, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 12, 1876(1876-04-12) (aged 76)
Versailles, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic

Thomas Smith (May 1, 1799 – April 12, 1876) was an American tradesman who served three terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana from 1839 to 1841, and again from 1843 to 1847. He was a Democrat.

Early life and education

Smith was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.


In 1818, he moved to Rising Sun, Indiana, where he learned the trade of tanning. He then moved to Versailles, Indiana in 1821 and established a tanyard.

Smith eventually became a colonel in the state militia, and member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1829, 1830, and from 1833 to 1836. He also served in the state senate from 1836 to 1839.

Smith was elected as a Democratic Representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district to the Twenty-Sixth Congress, which lasted from March 4, 1839 until March 3, 1841. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1840 to the Twenty-seventh Congress, but was elected in Indiana's 3rd congressional district to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1846.

While serving in Congress, Smith voted in favor of the United States going to war against Mexico.[1]

Smith was a delegate to the Indiana constitutional convention in 1850.


Smith died in Versailles, Indiana aged 76 and was interred in Cliff Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ Carmony, Daniel F. (1998). Indiana, 1816-1850: The Pioneer Era. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society. p. 625. ISBN 0-87195-124-X.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by