William Stephens Smith

William Stephens Smith


William Stephens Smith was a United States Representative from New York. He married Abigail "Nabby" Adams, the daughter of President John Adams, and so was a brother-in-law of President John Quincy Adams, and an uncle of Charles Francis Adams. Born on Long Island, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1774, and studied law for a short time.… Read More

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1755 Birth Born in 1755.


1774 19 Years Old Born on Long Island, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1774, and studied law for a short time.


1776 21 Years Old He served in the Revolutionary Army as aide-de-camp to general John Sullivan in 1776. … Read More
1780 25 Years Old He was on the staff of General Lafayette in 1780 and 1781, became an adjutant in the Corps of Light Infantry then transferred to the staff of George Washington.
1784 29 Years Old He was secretary of the Legation at London in 1784.


1786 31 Years Old While there, he met and courted John Adams's daughter Abigail ("Nabby"), whom he married in 1786.
1788 33 Years Old He returned to America in 1788.
1789 34 Years Old Smith was appointed by President Washington to be the first United States Marshal for the District of New York in 1789, and later supervisor of revenue.


1795 40 Years Old He was one of the originators of the Society of the Cincinnati, and served as its president from 1795 to 1797.
1800 45 Years Old He was appointed by President John Adams surveyor of the port of New York in 1800. … Read More


1807 52 Years Old In 1807 Smith moved to Lebanon, New York. Smith was elected as a Federalist to the 13th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1813 to March 3, 1815.
1814 59 Years Old After the United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 1814, credentials of his election to the 14th United States Congress were issued by the Secretary of State of New York, but Stephens did not take or claim the seat. … Read More


1816 61 Years Old Smith died in Smith Valley in the town of Lebanon in 1816. … Read More
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