About Perry Smith, U.S. Senator
Perry Smith (May 12, 1783 – June 8, 1852) was a Connecticut State Representative and a Democrat to the United States Senate.
Smith was born in Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, on May 12, 1783, the son of John and Abigail (Lambert) Smith. He completed preparatory studies; studied law at the Litchfield Law School in 1807; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in New Milford. He married Anne Comstock who died on February 26, 1826.
A member of Connecticut state house of representatives from New Milford from 1822 to 1823, Smith was made postmaster of New Milford and held that post from 1829 to 1837. He was again a state representative from 1835 to 1836, as well as judge of probate court from 1833 to 1835.
Elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate from Connecticut, Smith served from March 4, 1837, to March 3, 1843. He was chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Twenty-fifth Congress); and was a member of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress).
Smith died in New Milford on June 8, 1852 (age 69 years, 27 days). He is interred at Center Cemetery, New Milford, Connecticut, near the grave of Frederic C. Walcott.