SMITH, Perry (1783-1852)

SMITH, PERRY, a Senator from Connecticut; born in Woodbury, Conn., May 12, 1783; completed preparatory studies; studied law at the Litchfield Law School; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in New Milford, Conn., in 1807; member of the State house of representatives in 1822-1823, 1835-1836; judge of probate court 1833-1835; postmaster of New Milford 1829-1837; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-fifth Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress); died in New Milford, Litchfield County, Conn., on June 8, 1852; interment in Center Cemetery.