CS Con -Smith, William Russell - C.S. Congressman, AL

William Russell Smith:
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Born: March 27, 1815
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Birthplace:
Russellville Kentucky
Father: Ezekiel Smith 1772 – 1819
Mother: Elizabeth Hampton 1791 – 1823
1st​ Wife: Jane Elizabeth Binson – 1845
Married: November 1843 in Tuscaloosa Alabama
2nd​ Wife: Mary Jane Murray 1830 – 1853
Married: January 3, 1847 in Fayette Alabama
3rd​ Wife: Wilhelmine Mary Easby 1835 – 1918
(Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery Washington D.C.)
Married: June 14, 1854 in Washington D.C.

Children:
Dr. Sidney Binion Smith 1844 – 1889
(Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery Grenada Mississippi)
Lucy Adeline Smith 1848 – 1862
Sophie Ann Smith Walker 1850 – 1924
(Buried: Hopewell Cemetery Fayette County Alabama)
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William Russell Smith II 1852 – 1898
Mary Agnes “Mamie” Easby – Smith 1855 – 1929
William Easby – Smith 1856 – 1934
Wilhelmina Easby – Smith 1858 – 1858
Elizabeth Hampton “Bessie” Easby – Smith 1861 – 1940
Ethel Quinlan Easby – Smith Hawkins 1865 – 1930
Paula Easby – Smith Lucas 1867 – 1934
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)
James Stanislaus Easby – Smith 1870 – 1948
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Virginia)
Anne Agatha “Mother Mildred” Easby – Smith 1873 – 1950
(Buried: Fort Lincoln Cemetery Brentwood Maryland)
Rosa Mary Easby – Smith Wilson 1876 – 1953
(Buried: Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Colma California)


Political Party: Whig Party, Know – Nothing Party, Constitutional Union Party,
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Education:

1831 – 1833: Attended University of Alabama (left financial reasons)

Occupation before War:
1835 – 1836: Attorney in Greensboro Alabama
1836: Captain of Alabama State troops against Creek Indians
1836: His company saw now action as the fighting was over before arriving.
His company decided to help in the Texas Revolution, but the war was over when they arrived in Mobile Alabama.
Publisher of monthly paper in Mobile Alabama for six months.
Founder and Editor of Monitor Whig Party Newspaper in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
1833: Publisher of Volumes of Poetry, Plays, Essays and legal studies
1839: Mayor of Tuscaloosa Alabama
1841 – 1843: Alabama State Representative
1843: Left the Whig Party opposing much of the party platform.
1845: Brigadier General of Alabama State Militia
1850 – 1851: Judge of Alabama Seventh Judicial Circuit Court.
1851 – 1857: United States Congressman from Alabama
Became known as “Kossuth – Killer” in U.S. Congress for his opposition to American entanglement in Central European Affairs.
1856: Unsuccessful Candidate for Know – Nothing Vice Presidential Nomination.
1856: Unsuccessful Candidate for reelection to U.S. Congress.
1860: Supporter of John Bell’s Unsuccessful Presidential Campaign.

Civil War Career:
1861: Styled as most consistent opponent of Secession in Alabama.
1861: Delegate to Alabama State Secession Convention
1862: Colonel of 26th​ Alabama Infantry Regiment elected to congress before seeing fighting as a Colonel.
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Alabama
1862 – 1865: Refused to bend on the issue of conscription.
1862 – 1865: Refused to bend on the issue of Habeas corpus
1862 – 1865: Refused to bend on the issue of appointments.
1862 – 1865: Proposed free trade
1862 – 1865: Proposed ban on hiring slaves for army labor.
1862 – 1865: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee
1862 – 1863: Member of Joint Flag and Seal Committee
1864 – 1865: Only attend 2nd Congress Occasionally.
1865: Attended his last session of Congress in February and then left.
1865: Left because the house refused to receive a resolution condemning the Richmond Sentinel’s editorial “Treason! Treason! Treason!” on peace agitation

Occupation after War:
1865: Unsuccessful Candidate for Governor of Alabama
Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congress twice.
1870 – 1871: President of University of Alabama
1871 – 1879: Attorney in Tuscaloosa Alabama
1879 – 1896: Attorney in Washington D.C.
1889: Author of Reminiscences


Died:
February 26, 1896
Place of Death: Washington D.C.
Age at time of Death: 80 years old
Original Burial Place: Tuscaloosa Alabama
Burial Place: Mount Olivet Cemetery Washington D.C.
 
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