William Smith (South Carolina representative)

William Smith ( born September 20, 1751 Bucks County, Pennsylvania, † June 22, 1837 in Spartanburg, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1797 and 1799 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1765 William Smith came with his father to South Carolina. In Spartanburg, he acquired a plantation which he managed. During the Revolutionary War, he brought it in the Continental Army to the captain. Later, he was a major in the militia of South Carolina. After the war, Smith held various political offices in South Carolina. Between 1785 and 1797 he worked as a district judge. From 1790 to 1796 he sat in the Senate of South Carolina. He joined the Democratic-Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson.

1796 Smith was chosen in the sixth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of Samuel Earle on March 4, 1797. Since he resigned in 1798 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1799. After his time in the House of Representatives William Smith returned to his plantation, he still managed. Between 1810 and 1810 he was again a member of the Senate of South Carolina. He died on June 22, 1837 in Spartanburg.