Bernard Smith (New Jersey)

Bernard Smith ( born July 5, 1776 in Morristown, New Jersey; † July 16, 1835 in Little Rock, Arkansas ) was an American politician. Between 1819 and 1821 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Bernard Smith attended the public schools of his home. In the years 1809 and 1810 he worked for the customs authorities. After that, he was postmaster from 1810 to 1819 in New Brunswick. Politically, Smith was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1818, he was for the third seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Benjamin Bennet on 4 March 1819. Since he resigned in 1820 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1821.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Bernard Smith moved to Little Rock in Arkansas Territory, where he worked in 1821 for the land registry office. Between 1825 and 1828 he was secretary of Territorial Governor George Izard. In 1825 he also became Indian Agent at the Quapaw. A post he held until his death on 16 July 1835 in Little Rock.