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James Smith

Death: Jul 11, 1806

Birthplace: Ulster

Nationality: United States

James Smith

Date of Death : Jul 11, 1806
Birth Place : Ulster

James L. Smith, was an American lawyer and a signer to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania. He was born in Province of Ulster, Ireland; his family immigrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1729. Smith attended the Philadelphia Academy. He studied law at the office of his brother George and was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, initially practicing near Shippensburg, and later near York. He became captain of the militia there. He was appointed to the provincial convention in Philadelphia in 1775, to the state constitutional convention in 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress. He was reelected to Congress in 1785 but declined to attend because of his advanced age. Smith died on July 11, 1806 and is buried in York, Pennsylvania, First Presbyterian Churchyard. The University of Delaware has a dorm on its North Campus bearing his name.

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