World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Henry Smith (speaker)

Article Id: WHEBN0015589175
Reproduction Date:

Title: Henry Smith (speaker)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Alonzo B. Cornell, Henry Smith, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Henry Smith (speaker)

For other people named Henry Smith, see Henry Smith (disambiguation).

Henry Smith (March 14, 1829 Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York - December 1, 1884) was an American lawyer and politician.


He was the son of Thomas Smith, a lawyer.

In 1865, he was elected District Attorney of Albany County, and in 1868 he led the prosecution of George W. Cole (brother of Cornelius Cole) at his trial for the murder of former state assemblyman L. Harris Hiscock.

He was a Republican member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 2nd D.) in 1867 and 1872; and was Speaker in 1872. During his Speakership he received a large retainer for legal services rendered to the Erie Railroad at a time when Erie Railroad bills were under debate, which led to accusations that he was bribed to support the bills. The next year a State Senate Investigating Committee probed into this matter.

In 1883, he pronounced his opinion that a "People's Party" should be formed by both Democratic and Republican politicians to oppose "corporate interests" and politicians like John Kelly and John F. Smyth.


  • [1] His view on the forming of a new party, in NYT on September 1, 1883
  • [2] Political Graveyard
  • [3] Mention in NYT on January 7, 1906
  • [4] Assemblymen elected for the Session of 1872, in NYT on December 1, 1871
  • [5] Controversy about his legal services to Erie Railroad, in NYT on October 15, 1872
  • [6] Proceedings of the State Senate's Erie Railroad Investigation in NYT on March 20, 1873
  • ISBN 0-7914-6378-8)
  • [7] Obit notice in NYT on December 2, 1884
  • [8] Life Sketches of the State Officers, Senators and Members of Assembly in 1867
Political offices
Preceded by
William Hitchman
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Alonzo B. Cornell

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.