Person:Thomas Smith (273)

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Thomas Smith
b.25 AUG 1836
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Name Thomas Smith
Gender Male
Birth[1] 25 AUG 1836
Death? Charlestown, WV
Reference Number? JWH #423

423. THOMAS SMITH: (318 Elizabeth) Born August 25, 1836; graduated with an M. A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1856; studied law at the University of Virginia in 1858; settled in Charlestown, Virginia (now West Virginia). At theoutbreak of the Civil War, he joined the "Kanawha Riflemen;" rose from private to Major and served as a volunteer in the suppression of John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. In 1861, he was appointed Major of the 36th Virginia Regiment, C. S. A., and commanded at Fort Donelson; captured a battery of Union Artillery; armed his regiment with superior arms from the field of battle, and successfully withdrew; was promoted to Colonel and gallantly commanded his brigade until the close of the war; was seriously wounded at Cloyd's Farm. From December 5, 1883, to March 19, 1884, and from August 13, to December 1, 1884, Colonel Smith represented the counties of Loudoun and Fauquier in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was appointed District Attorney for New Mexico by President Grover Cleveland during his first term as president. At the expiration of his term of office, he returned to Virginia, and, at once, entered heart and soul into the patriotic fight against repudiation of the State Debt. Through his efforts and those of other loyal Virginians, "repudiation" was defeated, and the debt was adjusted on honorable terms. During President Cleveland's second term, he was appointed Chief Justice of New Mexico, and it was by his firmness and indomitable pluck that a band of the most dangerous outlaws in the history of the West was annihilated. Having served out his four year term on the bench, he returned to Virginia, and settled in Warrenton, where on October 10, 1896, he married the beautiful and accomplished Elizabeth Gaines, eldest daughter of Judge William Gaines of "Paradise." They had no children.

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  1. John W. Hansborough. History and Genealogy of the Hansborough - Hansbrough Family. (Name: Name: 1981, John W. Hansborough;;)
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    423. THOMAS SMITH: (318 Elizabeth) Born August 25, 1836; graduated with an M. A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1856; studied law at the University of Virginia in 1858; settled in Char lestown, Virginia (now West Virginia). At theoutbreak of the Civil War, he joined the "Kanawha Riflemen;" rose from private to Major and served as a volunteer in the suppression of John Brown's rai d on Harper's Ferry. In 1861, he was appointed Major of the 36th Virginia Regiment, C. S. A., and commanded at Fort Donelson; captured a battery of Union Artillery; armed his regiment with superior ar ms from the field of battle, and successfully withdrew; was promoted to Colonel and gallantly commanded his brigade until the close of the war; was seriously wounded at Cloyd's Farm. From December 5, 1883, to March 19, 1884, and from August 13, to December 1, 1884, Colonel Smith represented the counties of Loudoun and Fauquier in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was appointe d District Attorney for New Mexico by President Grover Cleveland during his first term as president. At the expiration of his term of office, he returned to Virginia, and, at once, entered heart and s oul into the patriotic fight against repudiation of the State Debt. Through his efforts and those of other loyal Virginians, "repudiation" was defeated, and the debt was adjusted on honorable terms. D uring President Cleveland's second term, he was appointed Chief Justice of New Mexico, and it was by his firmness and indomitable pluck that a band of the most dangerous outlaws in the history of th e West was annihilated. Having served out his four year term on the bench, he returned to Virginia, and settled in Warrenton, where on October 10, 1896, he married the beautiful and accomplished Eliza beth Gaines, eldest daughter of Judge William Gaines of "Paradise." They had no children.