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George William Smith

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Essex County, Virginia
Death: Died in Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Meriwether Smith and Alice Corbin Smith
Husband of Sarah Smith and Lucy Franklin Smith
Father of Richard Lee Smith and John Adams Smith

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George William Smith (1762 – December 26, 1811) was Acting Governor of Virginia, briefly between the terms of John Tyler, Sr. and James Monroe in January 1811 and the 17th Governor of Virginia from April to December of the same year when Monroe resigned to become United States Secretary of State. He was officially elected to the office in December, but later died in a theater fire in Richmond, Virginia. His ashes were placed under a rock at Monumental Church in Richmond with the ashes of other victims of the fire including former senator and president of the Bank of Virginia, Abraham B. Venable.

from "Col Meriwether Smith and His Time, 1730-1794"

It has been recorded that he lost his life attempting to save the life of one of his infant sons. Unbeknowing to Governor Smith, his son had been carried out of the burning building. He died in the fire not knowing that his son had been saved.



V. GOV. GEORGE WILLIAM5 SMITH (Col. Meriwether4, Col. Francis3, Capt. Nicholas2, Nicholas1), of Essex Co., and Richmond, Va., born in 1762; lost his life in the burining of the Richmond theatre, 26 Dec., 1811. He was a lawyer, member of the House of Delegates for Essex, 1791-'94, and for Richmond city, 1802-'08; of the Privy Council, 1809; Lieutenant- Governor, 1810; Governor of Virginia, 1811. (Legislative Lists; Brock's Virginia and Virginians, I., pp. 108-112.)

He married first, 7 Feb., 1793, Sarah (born 14 Jan., 1766; died 30 Sept., 1806), fourth daughter of the elder Col. Richard Adams, of Richmond. )QUARTERLY V., p. 162).

He married, secondly, Jane, widow of Meriwether Jones, editor of the Richmond examiner, and daughter of ------ Reade, M.D., of Hanover Co., by whom he had no issue.

Issue of first marriage (Family Record):

  • 1. Richard Lee6, of Columbia, Adair Co., Ky., born 2 Apr., 1794; married ---- Balldock, of Kentucky, and had issue: i., George William7, of Albany, Gentry Co., Mo., married Martha -------; ii., Reuben Adams7, of M'Comb, McDonough Co., Ill.; iii., John Griffin7, of Albany, Mo., married Letitia L. Witten; iv., Thomas Bowler7, of Danville, Ky., married Almira Tate; v., Elizabeth Adams7, married John Waller; vi., Sarah7, married Hart Hayes; vii. Meriwether Bathurst7, of Albany, Mo., married Elizabeth Swann, and had issue five sons and four daughters; viii., Benjamin Franklin7, of Elenor, Mo., married ---- Dorsam; ix., Martha7, married Bassett Hurt, of Columbia, Ky.; x., Richard Lee7, of Tippacanoe City, O.
  • 2. George William6, born 14 Sept, 1795; died 30 Sept., 1823. He married Anna Stewart Belfield, daughter of John Campbell, of "Kirnan", Westmoreland Co., Va., and had issue: i., Georgianna7, married James O. Pollard, of King William Co., Va.; ii., Sarah Adams7, married G. W. Pollard, of King William Co.; iii., John Campbell, married -----, and had issue: (1 Georgianna8, married Thos. H. Carter, of Baltimore, Md.; (2) Archibald8, died unmarried.
  • 3. Elizabeth Griffin6, born 24 Oct., 1798; died 26 July, 1802.
  • 4. Sarah Adams6, born 7 Mar., 1801; died Aug., 1802.
  • 5. John Samuel6 (whose name was changed to John Adams Smith), born 12 May, 1802; died 24 July, 1864. Banker and prominent citizen of Richmond, Va. He married first Martha B. Woodward, who died s. p.; secondly, 7 Nov., 1838, Lucy Page (born 2 Feb., 1808; died 26 Aug.,1888), daughter of William C. and Alice Grymes (Burwell) Williams, of Richmond. (See Williams Genealogy in Slaughter's Hist. St. Mark's Parish, pp. 177-183). Issue: i., Mary Blair7, died young; ii., Sara Adams7, died young; iii., Bathurst Lee7, (born 26 July, 1846), of Knoxville, Tenn., married 16 Oct., 1873, Belvadora, daughter of Dr. S. Murray Stover, of Tenn., and has issue: (1), Lucy Page8, married 11 June, 1896, Chas. E. Chambliss, of Tennessee University; (2) Bathurst Lee8; (3), Almena McGhee8; (4) Mary Blair8; (5) Belvadora8; (6) Sarah Adams8; (7) George William8; (8) Murray Stover8.
* 6.  Philip Francis Samuel6, born 22 May; died Aug., 1805.
  • 7. Thomas6, born 8 Sept., 1806; died unmarried.
  • 8. Bathurst6, died unmarried.
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George William Smith, Governor of Virginia's Timeline

Essex County, Virginia
April 2, 1794
Age 32
Richmond, VA
May 12, 1802
Age 40
United States
December 26, 1811
Age 49
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, United States
Age 49
Richmond, Virginia, United States