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Preceded by  Charles T. O'Ferrall
Political party  Democratic
Resigned  March 3, 1897
Succeeded by  Samuel W. Thomas
Preceded by  District created
Party  Democratic Party
Succeeded by  James Hay
Name  Smith Turner

Smith S. Turner
Alma mater  Virginia Military Institute
Role  Former U.S. Representative
Died  April 8, 1898, Front Royal, Virginia, United States
Education  Virginia Military Institute
Previous office  Representative (VA 7th District) 1894–1897

Battles and wars  American Civil War

Smith Spangler Turner (November 21, 1842 – April 8, 1898) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.



Turner was born in Warren County, Virginia. He was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, when the Civil War commenced, and was subsequently given an honorary diploma. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army in 1861. He served with General Stonewall Jackson as drill officer. He was an officer of George Pickett's division during the remainder of the war. He taught mathematics in a female seminary in Winchester, Virginia from 1865 to 1867. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Front Royal, Virginia. He served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1869 to 1872. He served as prosecuting attorney for Warren County, Virginia from 1874 to 1879. He served as member of the State board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute for eight years.

Turner was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles T. O'Ferrall. He was reelected to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from January 30, 1894, to March 3, 1897. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He died in Front Royal, Virginia, April 8, 1898. He was interred in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

1894 election

Turner was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election unopposed. He was later re-elected in the general election with 52.12% of the vote, defeating Republican Robert J. Walker, Populist Jacob S. Hopkins, and Independent G.T. Barbee.


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