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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.