Samuel William Smith

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Samuel William Smith (23 August 1852 – 13 June 1931), was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

He was born in Independence Township and attended the common schools in Clarkston and Detroit. He began teaching school in 1869, served as superintendent of schools in Waterford Township in 1875 and also served as principal of the school at Waterford, Michigan. He went on to study law, was admitted to the bar in 1877 and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1878. He began legal practice in Pontiac, where for six months he worked alone with considerable success, and then formed a partnership with Judge Levi Taft and Hon. Aaron Perry. Judge Perry retired from the firm during the second year of the partnership, but the connection between Judge Taft and Mr. Smith continued until the death of the former in 1897. Smith was prosecuting attorney of Oakland County from 1880 to 1884.

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He served in the Michigan Senate, 1885–1887, representing the 15th District. He was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 6th congressional district to the 56th United States Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1915. During his tenure, Smith was chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia in the 60th and 61st Congresses). He did not stand for reelection to the 54th Congress, but moved to Detroit in 1913 and continued the practice of law. He died in Detroit and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian, Michigan.


  • United States Congress. "Samuel William Smith (id: S000613)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David D. Aitken
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Michigan
1897 – 1915
Succeeded by
Patrick H. Kelley