SMITH, John M. C., (1853 - 1923)


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SMITH, John M. C., a Representative from Michigan; born in Belfast, Ireland, February 6, 1853; immigrated to the United States in 1855 with his parents, who settled near Plymouth, Ohio; attended the public schools; moved to Charlotte, Mich., in 1867; engaged in agricultural pursuits and also worked as a mason; was graduated from the academic department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1879 and from the law department in 1880; was admitted to the bar in 1882 and commenced practice in Detroit; prosecuting attorney of Eaton County 1885-1888; president of the First National Bank of Charlotte in 1898; also engaged in manufacturing and agricultural pursuits; member of the board of aldermen in 1903; member of the State constitutional convention in 1908; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Labor (Sixty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; elected to the Sixty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William H. Frankhouser; reelected to the Sixty-eighth Congress and served from June 28, 1921, until his death in Charlotte, Mich., March 30, 1923; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.