George Luke SMITH, Congress, LA (1837-1884)


SMITH, George Luke, a Representative from Louisiana; born in New Boston, Hillsboro County, N.H., December 11, 1837; completed preparatory studies and attended Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; during the Civil War served in the Union Army; at the close of the war moved to Shreveport, La., and engaged in mercantile pursuits; held several local offices; member of the State house of representatives 1870-1872; proprietor of the Shreveport Southwestern Telegram; president of the Shreveport Savings Bank & Trust Co.; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative-elect Samuel Peters and served from November 24, 1873, to March 3, 1875; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; appointed collector of customs at the port of New Orleans by President Hayes and served from May 4, 1878, to February 20, 1879; moved to Hot Springs, Ark., and engaged in the real estate business until his death in that city on July 9, 1884; interment in the West Street Cemetery, Milford, N.H.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present