James Smith

James Smith (1719 - 1806)

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Brig Gen James Smith
Born in Ulster, Irelandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in York, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jul 2014
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Categories: American Founding Fathers | Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence | Special Improvement Projects | Colonial Militia Generals, American Revolution | Pennsylvania Militia, American Revolution | NSSAR Patriot Ancestors.


Brig Gen James Smith served in the Pennsylvania Militia during the American Revolution
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James Smith is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor.
NSSAR Ancestor #: P-292120
Rank: Signer, Declaration of Independence

Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Son of John.[1]

James Smith was born in Ireland around 1719. He studied law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar at age twenty-six. Smith went to a provincial assembly in 1774, where he introduced a paper he had written, the "Essay on the Constitutional Power of Great Britain over the Colonies in America." The essay mentioned boycotting British goods, and supported a General Congress of the Colonies to defend colonial rights. Smith organized a volunteer militia company in York, which elected him Captain. He was appointed to the provincial convention in Philadelphia in 1775, the state constitutional convention in 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress the same year. James Smith retired from the Congress in 1777. In 1782 he was appointed Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania militia. He died on July 11, 1806.

Parents: John Smith 1686 - 1760.

Spouse: Eleanor Armor Smith 1721 - 1818.

Children: Margaret Smith Johnson 1761 - 1838. Mary Smith Kelly 1763 - 1840. Elizabeth Smith 1765 - 1793.


  1. Dictionary of American biography by American Council of Learned Societies, Published 1943. Vol 17 page 283
  • 1st-11th Annual Reports DAR. Senate documents (United States Congress, Senate). Government Printing Office: Washington, DC.; SAR Graves Registry 1959; Story of the Declaration of Independence by Dr Dumas Malone
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (lJames Smithl February 14 2015 http://www.dar.org/), "Record of not specified", Ancestor # A105667 lJames Smithl February 14 2015.
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #2772
  • Wikipedia:James Smith (delegate)
  • "James Smith (1700s)" by Ole Erekson, (an engraver) in circa 1876. Uploaded by Thingg⊕⊗ - [1] (used here). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - [2]

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