Member Biography

Abraham Herr Smith 


Edited, Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress


Sessions Office Position District Party
1846       7 Whig
1847       7 Whig
1848       7 Whig

COUNTIES: Lancaster, Lebanon  


03/07/1815 - 02/16/1894

Abraham Herr Smith (Whig7) Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, 1846-1848

Early Life:

Abraham Herr Smith, born March 7, 1815, near Millersville, Manor Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; son of Jacob and Elizabeth Herr Smith; parents died when he was eight years old and he and his sister were raised by his paternal grandparents; attended Professor Beck's Academy, Lititz, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1840; studied law; admitted bar, 1842; commenced law practice, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1844-1845; elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1846-1848; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, 1873-1885; resumed, law practice; bachelor; died, February 16, 1894, (age 78 years, 346 days), Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; interment, Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

A strong Methodist. Dickinson College trustee, 1847-1892; member, board, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster; His surviving sister, Miss Eliza E. Smith, who had become a well-known philanthropist in Methodist and Lancaster causes, on his death donated $10,000 to dedicate in the new Denny Hall building the A. Herr Smith Memorial Hall for the use of the Union Philosophical Society.  

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1844-1845.

Elected, Whig, Pennsylvania State Senate, 7th District, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, 1846-1848. 

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected, Republican, Forty-third Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, Congresses, 1873-1885; chairman, Committee on Mileage (Forty-seventh Congress); committee assignments, War Claims for six years, Appropriations; unsuccessful for renomination, 1884. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

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Inscription: The eternal God is thy refuge.

The A. Herr Smith Memorial Hall, Denny Hall building, Union Philosophical Society at Dickinson College named in his honor.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Abraham Herr Smith (1815-1894) | Dickinson College

Abraham Herr Smith (1815-1894) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 3 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Abraham Herr Smith  went on to serve in congress