James Smith Collects Back Rent and Taxes
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“Rec’d of Arthur Irwin the sum of two pounds—eight shillings & eight pence in Cash & Rents for old Taxes previous to his lease for thee pounds 11/4 in full for one years rent ending the 25 March 1792” JAMES SMITH.
Autograph Document Signed, to Arthur Irvin. York, Pa. January 2, 1793. 1 p. 5 x 8¼ in.
James Smith (1719-1806) was born in Ireland and emigrated to Pennsylvania with his family around 1740. Smith became a lawyer near Shippensburg when he was 26. He called for a boycott of British goods in a 1774 provincial assembly and later that year was elected Captain of a volunteer militia he had organized in York, Pennsylvania.
Smith was appointed to the provincial convention in Philadelphia in 1775, the state constitutional convention in 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress the same year. He served only two years. Smith then served one term in the State assembly, as a judge on the Pennsylvania High Court of Appeals. He was appointed Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania militia in 1782, and declined to serve when reelected to Congress in 1785, citing advancing age. Little more is known about Smith because a fire destroyed his office and papers shortly before he died.