John Ambler Smith

John Ambler Smith ( born September 23, 1847 at Dinwiddie County, Virginia; † January 6, 1892 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1875 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Smith attended the public schools of his home and David Turner's High School in Richmond. After a subsequent study of law at Richmond College, and his 1867 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Richmond in this profession. He also served as District Attorney. At that time he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1869 he was elected to the Senate of Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1872 Smith was chosen in the third electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Charles H. Porter on March 4, 1873. Since he was not nominated by his party for re-election in 1874, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1875. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives John Smith practiced as a lawyer again. He was also a member of Immigration Commission. He died on January 6, 1892 in the federal capital, Washington.