|Address|| Brunswick County|
Smithville, North Carolina , United States
|| January 10, 1756
|| January 00, 1826
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|Info||SMITH, Benjamin, North Carolina politician and military leader. |
Smith was born in Brunswick County, North Carolina into a socially prominent family. During the American Revolutionary War, Smith served an aide-de-camp to General George Washington and rose to the rank of colonel in the Continental Army.
In 1784, Smith was elected to the Continental Congress, although it is unclear whether he actually served. He was active in the North Carolina Constitutional Conventions of 1788 and 1789, and served a number of terms in the North Carolina, in 1784 (Senate), 1789-1792 (House of Commons), 1792-1800 (Senate), 1801 (House of Commons) 1804-1805 (House of Commons) and 1806-1810 (Senate). During his political career, Smith also sat on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and donated 20,000 acres of land for the university's endowment; he chaired the trustees during his term as governor.
Governor (DR-NC) 1810-1811. Emphasized reform of the state's criminal code and penitentiary system. Did not seek
re-election in 1811, but polled second on the first ballot and withdrew himself from consideration.
NC Senate 1816.
Smith died in Smithville, North Carolina in 1826 and is buried there.