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Name  James Smith
Role  Delegate

Education  University of Delaware
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Born  September 17, 1719Ulster, Ireland
Known for  signer of the United States Declaration of Independence
Died  July 11, 1806, York, Pennsylvania, United States

Resting place  York County, Pennsylvania

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James L. Smith (September 17, 1719 – July 11, 1806), was an American lawyer and a signer to the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania.


He was born in the province of Ulster, Ireland; his family immigrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1729. Smith attended the Philadelphia Academy. He studied law at the office of his brother George and was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, initially practicing near Shippensburg, and later near York. He became captain of the militia there. He was appointed to the provincial convention in Philadelphia in 1775, to the state constitutional convention in 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress. He was reelected to Congress in 1785 but declined to attend because of his advanced age.

Smith died on July 11, 1806 and is buried in York, Pennsylvania, First Presbyterian Churchyard. The University of Delaware has a dorm on its North Campus bearing his name.

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