John Gregory Smith

Gov. John Gregory Smith

Vermont

Term(s)
October 9, 1863 - October 13, 1865

Born
July 22, 1818

Passed
November 6, 1891

Party
Republican

School(s)
University of Vermont, Yale University Law School

Birth State
Vermont

Family:
Married Ann Eliza Brainerd; six children

BIO

JOHN GREGORY SMITH was born in St. Albans, Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont and from Yale Law School. In addition to practicing law with his father in St. Albans, he became involved in the banking and railroad businesses. He served in the state Senate and the state House of Representatives, where he was Speaker in 1862. As the last Civil War governor of Vermont, he succeeded in securing legislation to provide sick and wounded Vermont soldiers with quality medical care. He also authored legislation recognizing the right of soldiers in the field to vote in elections. After completing two terms in office, he chaired the Vermont delegation to the Republican National Conventions of 1872, 1880, and 1884. He was also president of both the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Vermont Central Railroad.

Source

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 8. New York: James T. White & Company.

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