William Ephraim Smith

William Ephraim Smith ( born March 14, 1829 in Augusta, Georgia, † March 11, 1890 in Albany, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1881 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Smith enjoyed a good education. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1846 admitted to the bar in Albany, he began to work in his new profession. He also worked as a planter. Between 1858 and 1860 he was a prosecutor in the southwestern Judicial District of Georgia. During the Civil War he was first lieutenant and later captain in an infantry unit from Georgia, which was subordinate to the army of the Confederate States. Between 1864 and 1865 he was a deputy in the Konföderiertenkongress in Richmond ( Virginia). This mandate expired with the surrender of the Confederacy.

In 1874, Smith refused to him being transferred judgeship. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1874 he was in the second electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Richard H. Whiteley on March 4, 1875. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 three legislative periods. In this time, the end of Reconstruction fell in the southern states.

For the elections of 1880, Smith gave up another candidacy. As a result, he again worked as a lawyer. In 1886 he was president of the regional Democratic Party congress in Georgia; 1886-1888 he was a member of the State Senate. William Smith died on March 11, 1890 in Albany and was also buried there.