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

Representative William L. Smith of South Carolina

William Loughton Smith

Painting (ca. 1795) by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828)

Courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art

William Smith of South Carolina
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Life dates:

2 October 1758-19 December 1812

Place of Residence (1789): Charleston, South Carolina
Occupation (1789): Lawyer
Place of Birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Age (March 4, 1789): 30
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn, London
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: None
Prior Political Offices: State Legislature
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Moderate/Strong
Last year of continuous service in House: 1797
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