Cyrus Porter Smith
|4th Mayor of Brooklyn|
|Henry C. Murphy|
|New York State Senator|
|Born||April 5, 1800|
Hanover, New Hampshire
|Died||February 13, 1877(aged 76)|
|Resting place||Green-Wood Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Lydia Lewis Hooker|
Cyrus Porter Smith (1800-1877) was an American politician. He was the mayor of Brooklyn from 1839 to 1842.
He was born on a farm in Hanover, New Hampshire, and worked his way through Dartmouth College. 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.
Smith held positions as clerk of Brooklyn's Board of Trustees and then on the Corporation Counsel.
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.
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.
One of his granddaughters was the illustrator Pamela Colman Smith.
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