Caleb Blood Smith:
Born: April 16, 1808
Birthplace: Boston Massachusetts
Father: Walter Smith
Wife: Elizabeth B. Watton 1821 –
Albert Downes Smith 1835 – 1836
Walton J. Smith 1838 – 1866
Horace W. Smith 1840 – 1903
Alice R. Smith 1843 – 1865
Before – 1854: Member of Whig Political Party
1854 – 1864: Member of Republican Political Party
1825 – 1826: Attended Miami University (Ohio)
Occupation before War:
1828 – 1832: Attorney in Connersville Indiana
Founder and Editor of Indiana Sentinel Newspaper
1833 – 1837: Indiana State Representative
1836: Speaker of Indiana State House of Representatives
1840 – 1841: Indiana State Representative
1843 – 1849: United States Congressman from Indiana
1843 – 1845: Member of House Revisal and Unfinished Business Cte.
1845 – 1847: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee
1847 – 1849: Chairman of House Territories Committee
Member of board to investigate Claims of American Citizens against Mexico
1849 – 1861: Attorney in Cincinnati Ohio
Civil War Career:
1861: Member of Washington D.C. Peace Conference
1861 – 1863: United States Secretary of Interior Department
1861 – 1863: Delegated most of his duties to Assistant Secretary John P. Usher.
1861 – 1863: Questioned the White House redecoration bills.
Considered resignation after Lincoln Showed his cabinet the Emancipation Proclamation but went on to support the Proclamation.
1862 – 1864: Judge of U.S. District Court for District of Indiana
Died: January 7, 1864
Place of Death: Indianapolis Indiana
Cause of Death: Hemorrhage of the stomach
Age at time of Death: 55 years old
Original Burial Place: Greenlawn Cemetery Indianapolis Indiana
Burial Place: Please see Story below
has been said that Caleb B. Smith's body is buried in a Connersville, Indiana cemetery. In 1977, Connersville resident John Walker received permission from the Smith family, Norvella Thomas Copes, and Nancy S. Hurley, and the city of Connersville to excavate the body of Caleb Blood Smith. Walker had an interest in President Abraham Lincoln, and discovered in reading about Lincoln that one of his cabinet members was buried in the city in which he lived. An excavation was done in November, but Smith's body was not there. It was Smith's son-in-law William Watton Smith. C.B. Smith's wife, Elizabeth B. Watton, had paid $500 for the choice of plots, in Greenlawn Cemetery but had to remove the body to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis for fear of southern dissenters, the Sons of Liberty, desecrating his body and of local teens knocking over the markers. There was also a possibility that his body was in one of the two above ground vaults behind the Elmhurst house in Connersville, but both doors were standing open and had been for years, with nothing inside (also in Connersville, Indiana). A letter inquiring about the whereabouts of Smith's body found in the 1980s arose from a New York public library in the 1930s.