SMITH, Robert (1802-1867)

SMITH, ROBERT, (nephew of Jeremiah Smith and Samuel Smith of New Hampshire), a Representative from Illinois; born in Peterborough, Hillsboro County, N.H., June 12, 1802; attended the public schools and New Ipswich Academy; taught school; engaged in mercantile pursuits in 1822 and in the manufacturing of textile goods in Northfield, N.H., in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; moved to Illinois and settled in Alton in 1832 and again engaged in mercantile pursuits; elected captain in the state militia in 1832; extensive land owner and engaged in the real estate business; member of the state house of representatives 1836-1840; elected enrolling and engrossing clerk of the state house of representatives in 1840 and 1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses and reelected as an Independent Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); chairman, Committee on Roads and Canals (Twenty-ninth Congress); elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1859); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirty-fifth Congress); served as paymaster during the Civil War; died in Alton, Ill., December 21, 1867; interment in Alton City Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1839, 1850. 2 items.
Letter (1839) regarding formation of new Illinois judicial circuits and activities of state legislature; letter (1850) filing of Mexican War service claims against the government. Finding aid in repository.

  • Smith, Robert. Speech of Hon. Robert Smith, of Illinois, on the Oregon question. Delivered in the House of Representatives, Saturday, February 7, 1846. Washington: Printed at the office of Blair and Rives, 1846.