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Josiah Smith, Congressman

Birthplace: Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusets, USA
Death: Died in Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Cause of death: Smallpox
Place of Burial: Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Smith, Rev. and Judith Smith
Husband of Mary Smith
Father of Bowen Smith; Hon. Albert Smith; Elisha Smith; Miller Smith; Thomas Smith and 6 others
Brother of Mary Smith; Joseph Smith; Thomas Smith, Jr.; Josha Smith; Nathaniel Smith and 6 others

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About Josiah Smith, Congressman

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of LIEUTENANT. DAR Ancestor #: A106336

SMITH, Josiah, (1738 - 1803)

SMITH, Josiah, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Pembroke, Mass., February 26, 1738; was graduated from Harvard College in 1774; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; member of the State house of representatives in 1789 and 1790; served in the State senate 1792-1794 and in 1797; State treasurer in 1797; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for renomination in 1802; died in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Mass., April 4, 1803; interment in Pembroke Cemetery.


DAR #A106336


JOSIAH SMITH, 1 born February 26, 1738, second child of Rev. Thomas Smith, married, June 15, 1760, his second cousin, Mary Barker, baptized July 20, 1740, daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth (Bo wen) Barker.*

Josiah 4 was one of the solid and influential men of his time, and his descendants were and are worthy of notice.

During the Revolution Josiah 4 and most of the Smith brothers served in some capacity for their country. " That goes without saying," for was not Pembroke the first town, " in solemn town meeting assembled," to declare a protest against Britain's tyranny?

January 10, 1774, the Committee of Correspondence laid a letter before the town to know their minds at this critical and alarming period. The town thought best to choose a committee, of which Deacon Josiah Smith was one, to con- sider the matter, who reported for the town their approval of the action of the different colonies, and

"Resolved, That we will, at the risk of our lives and fortunes, in every justifiable method, assert and defend our just rights and privileges as men and colonists."

In 1789 Deacon Josiah Smith 4 represented the town. In 1802 he was sent to Congress, and while at Washington he contracted the disease from which he died April 4, 1803.

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Josiah Smith, Congressman's Timeline

February 26, 1738
Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusets, USA
June 15, 1760
Age 22
June 22, 1761
Age 23
Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
March 22, 1763
Age 25
Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA
August 27, 1764
Age 26
March 2, 1767
Age 29
June 4, 1769
Age 31
Pembroke, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
May 9, 1771
Age 33
Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA
April 12, 1773
Age 35
March 22, 1775
Age 37