Cyrus P. Smith
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Cyrus P. Smith
Cyrus Porter Smith
4th Mayor of Brooklyn

Jeremiah Johnson
Henry C. Murphy
New York State Senator

Personal details
Born(1800-04-05)April 5, 1800
Hanover, New Hampshire
DiedFebruary 13, 1877(1877-02-13) (aged 76)
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery[1]
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyWhig
Spouse(s)Lydia Lewis Hooker

Cyrus Porter Smith (1800-1877) was an American politician. He was the mayor of Brooklyn from 1839 to 1842.

Early life

He was born on a farm in Hanover, New Hampshire, and worked his way through Dartmouth College.[2] After reading law in Connecticut, he moved to Brooklyn in 1827. Arriving in the city with few contacts and resources, he gained notice through active involvement in the 1828 presidential campaign and as choir-master of the First Presbyterian Church.[2][3]

Brooklyn civics

Smith held positions as clerk of Brooklyn's Board of Trustees and then on the Corporation Counsel.

In 1839 he was chosen by the Board of Trustees to be Mayor. He became Brooklyn's first elected mayor in 1840. He was defeated by Democrat Henry C. Murphy in 1842.[4]

Smith later served as a state senator. He was also involved in other civic duties, serving for thirty years as a member of the Board of Education, and as a founder of both Green-Wood Cemetery (his final resting place) and Brooklyn City Hospital.

Smith & Bulkley

After leaving public office, Smith teamed with business partner William F. Bulkley to form Smith & Bulkley. Smith served as president of the company, with numerous railroad and ferry concerns in Brooklyn, including the Catherine Ferry and the Gouverneur Street Ferry.[3]


One of his granddaughters was the illustrator Pamela Colman Smith.


  1. ^ "Cyrus Porter Smith". Find-A-Grave. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b Prentiss, George Lewis (1889). The Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York: Historical and Biographical Sketches of Its First Fifty Years. Anson D.F. Randolph. p. 179. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "A BUSY LIFE ENDED". New York Times. 14 February 1877. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Democracy Triumphant - Brooklyn Redeemed!!". Brooklyn Eagle. 13 April 1842. Retrieved 2017.

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