Truman Smith

Truman Smith ( born November 27, 1791 in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut; † May 3, 1884 in Stamford, Connecticut ) was an American politician ( Whig Party ), who represented the state of Connecticut in both chambers of Congress.

After secondary school attendance Smith graduated from Yale College, where he graduated in 1815. After successfully studying law he was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Litchfield.

His political career began with the election into the House of Representatives from Connecticut, where he served from 1831 to 1832 and again in 1834. In 1838 he was elected for the Whigs in the House of Representatives of the United States. After two terms of office he resigned in 1842 for reelection and retired the following year from the parliament of. In 1844 he was a member of the Electoral College, but not the victorious in Connecticut Whig politician Henry Clay, but the Democrats James K. Polk elected president.

1845 Smith returned back for another four years in the House of Representatives in Washington. When he offered President Zachary Taylor in 1849 to become the first U.S. Secretary of the Interior, he refused. He instead took after the successful election in the previous exercise his new office as a U.S. Senator for Connecticut. Thus, Smith joined in both houses of Congress in the footsteps of an uncle: Nathaniel Smith sat from 1795 to 1799 in the House of Representatives, Nathan Smith from 1833 to 1835 in the Senate.

Truman Smith remained in the Senate until he resigned in 1854 from his position. In New York City he worked in the result again as a lawyer. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln appointed him in 1862 a judge of the U.S. Court of Arbitration ( Court of Arbitration ). Here he was mainly concerned with the fight against the slave trade. 1870 drew Smith finally settled into private life.