Smith S. Turner

Smith Spangler Turner ( born November 21, 1842 Warren County, Virginia; † April 8, 1898 in Front Royal, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1894 and 1897 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Smith Turner was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. During the Civil War he served in various capacities as an officer in the army of the Confederacy. Between 1865 and 1867 Turner was a mathematics teacher at a girls' school in Winchester. After a subsequent law degree in 1869 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Front Royal in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1869 to 1872 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. Between 1874 and 1879 Turner acted as district attorney in Warren County. For eight years he was a member of the governing body ( Board of Visitors ) of the Virginia Military Institute.

Following the resignation of Mr Charles Triplett O'Ferrall Turner was at the due election for the seventh seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 30 January 1894. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1897 Congress. In 1896 he gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Smith Turner withdrew from politics. He died on 8 April 1898 in Front Royal.