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John (J.) Hyatt Smith (April 10, 1824 - December 7, 1886) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Saratogamarker, he was taught by his father and employed for a time as a clerk in Detroitmarker and later as a bank clerk in Albany, New Yorkmarker; while in the latter position he studied theology. After ordination his first pastorate was in Poughkeepsiemarker in 1848. He officiated in Cleveland, Ohiomarker for three years, in Buffalomarker from 1855 to 1860, and in Philadelphiamarker from 1860 to 1866. During the Civil War he served in Virginia with the United States Christian Commission in 1862, and was chaplain of the Forty-seventh Regiment, National Guard of New York, in 1869. He continued his ministerial duties in Brooklynmarker from 1866 to 1880, and was elected as an Independent candidate to the Forty-seventh Congress, holding office from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1883. He appointed by President Chester A. Arthur a commissioner to inspect the Pacific Railroad, after which he resumed a pastorate in Brooklyn. He died there in 1886; interment was in Green-Wood Cemeterymarker.


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