|United States Senator|
from New York
February 23, 1804 - March 4, 1813
|John Armstrong, Jr.|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 1st district
February 27, 1800 - February 23, 1804
|Jonathan Nicoll Havens|
|Born||February 12, 1752|
Mastic Beach, Province of New York
|Died||August 12, 1816 (aged 64)|
Mastic Beach, New York
(m. 1776; died 1777)
(m. 1785; died 1787)
Elizabeth Woodhull Nicholl
(m. after 1792,
|Relations||Abraham Riker Lawrence (grandson)|
|Branch/service||New York Militia|
John Smith (February 12, 1752 - August 12, 1816) was an American politician who served as a United States Senator from New York from 1804 to 1813. He previously was the U.S. Representative for New York's 1st congressional district from 1800 to 1804.
He was born on February 12, 1752 in Mastic Beach, Province of New York, then a part of British America. He was a son of New York State Senator William Smith (1720-1799) and Mary (née Smith) Smith (1735-1758). He was a great-grandson of Chief Justicee William "Tangier" Smith (1655-1705).
His mother died on April 22, 1758, a week after the birth of a daughter Mary who died the next year. He lived at Manor St. George in Mastic Beach, Suffolk County, New York. In 1762, his father married Ruth Woodhull (1740-1822), a sister of Gen. Nathaniel Woodhull (1722-1776), and from that marriage John had six half-siblings.
He was elected to the 6th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jonathan N. Havens, and took his seat on February 27, 1800. He was re-elected to the 7th and 8th United States Congresses, and served until February 23, 1804, when he took his seat in the U.S. Senate.
In February 1804, he was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of DeWitt Clinton, replacing the temporarily appointed John Armstrong. He was re-elected in 1807, and served until March 4, 1813.
On October 16, 1776, Smith was married to Lydia Fanning (1760-1777) of Bellport, Long Island. Together, they were the parents of one son:
Eight years after Lydia's death during childbirth in 1777, he remarried in 1785 to Elizabeth Platt (1765-1787), a daughter of Mary (née Van Wyck) Platt and Judge Zephaniah Platt, a member of the New York Provincial Congress. Among her siblings was U.S. Representative Jonas Platt and New York State Treasurer Charles Z. Platt. Elizabeth died in March 1787, just two years after their marriage.
On October 21, 1792, he married for the third time to Elizabeth (née Woodhull) Nicholl (1762-1839). Elizabeth, the widow of Henry Nicholl (a grandson of William Nicoll), was a daughter of Nathaniel Woodhull and Ruth (née Floyd) Woodhull (sister of William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence). Together, they were the parents of four children:
Through his son William, he was a grandfather of four, including: Lydia Smith (1810-1896), who married David Gelston Floyd (1802-1893) of Greenport; and Egbert Tangiers Smith (1822-1889), who married Annie Marie Robinson (daughter of Joseph Robinson).
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Jonathan Nicoll Havens
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 1st congressional district
John Armstrong, Jr.
| U.S. senator (Class 3) from New York
Served alongside: John Armstrong, Jr., Samuel L. Mitchill, Obadiah German