Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Representative William Smith of Maryland

William Smith, member of the Continental Congress

Print by Max Rosenthal (1833-1918)

Courtesy of the NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

William Smith
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Life dates: 12 April 1728-27 March 1814
Place of Residence (1789): Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation (1789): Lawyer; Farmer
Place of Birth: Donegal Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Age (March 4, 1789): 60
Religion (1789): Presbyterian
College Education: Unknown
Marital Status (1789): Single
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: Continental Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Unknown
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Moderate
Last year of continuous service in House: 1791
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