Smith, William Stephens, 1755-1816

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William Stephens Smith (b. November 8, 1755, Suffolk County, NY–d. June 10, 1816, Lebanon, NY) was a United States Representative from New York. He married Abigail "Nabby" Adams, the daughter of President John Adams, and was a brother-in-law of President John Quincy Adams. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1774.

He served in the Revolutionary Army as aide-de-camp to general John Sullivan in 1776. Smith fought in the Battle of Long Island, was wounded at Harlem Heights, fought at the Battle of White Plains, was promoted to lieutenant colonel at the Battle of Trenton and fought at the Battle of Monmouth and Newport. He was on the staff of General Lafayette in 1780 and 1781, became an adjutant in the Corps of Light Infantry then transferred to the staff of George Washington.

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referencedIn Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804. Alexander Hamilton papers, 1708-1903 (bulk 1777-1804). Library of Congress
creatorOf General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection, 1790-1928, undated USC Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith, Secretary to the Legation at the Court of Great Britain United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. Papers, 1766-1790. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Harison, Richard, 1747-1829. Papers, 1730-1920. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. LS : Morristown, N.J., to Ephraim Blaine, 1780 Apr. 7. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith, Secretary to the Legation at the Court of Great Britain United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Papers, 1768-1877. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, William Steuben, 1787-1850. William Steuben Smith diary and letterbook, 1809-1821. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Abigail Adams Smith Museum. Letters, 1755-1862, 1790-1830 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume 14, Miscellany, 1784-1860. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn United States. Continental Army. United States. Continental Army regimental records, 1777-1781. Library of Congress
referencedIn Skipwith, Fulwar, 1765-1839. Papers of Fulwar Skipwith, 1790-1796. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn W. B. O. Field portrait collection, ca. 1600-1900. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letter from George Washington to Egbert Benson, William Smith and Daniel Parker United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn General Historical Manuscripts and Ephemera collection, 1790-1928, undated. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
contributorOf Letters from William S. Smith and Others United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Ogden, Samuel G. (Samuel Governeur), 1779-1860. Letter, 1840. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Temple, Nelson, Lloyd, Vassall, and Borland family papers, 1611-1862 (inclusive), 1700-1831 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818. Adams-Johnson-Lynch family papers, 1800-1903. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. ALS, 1785 March 5, New York, to John Adams. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Alexander Hamilton Papers, 1708-1903, (bulk 1777-1804) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Mrs. R. W. Heflin collection MC115. 55148083., 1857-1937, (Bulk: 1880-1910) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. Letter signed : "Head Quarters near York", to [General Greene], 1781 Oct. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Abigail Adams Smith Museum. Miscellaneous documents, 1791-1828, 1791-1801 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf McHenry, James, 1753-1816. Letter to Colonel [William Stephens] Smith [manuscript] 1779 November 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn De Windt family. Papers, 1779-1841. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington Miscellany, Volume XI, Miscellany, 1755-1835. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Washington Irving's Life of George Washington, Volume 14, Miscellany, 1784-1860. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804. Papers, 1760-1830. [microform]. American Periodical Series I
referencedIn Matthias B. Tallmadge Papers, 1715-1868 (Bulk 1800-1820) @ 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. ALS : Paris, to William Stephens Smith, London, [1786] Dec. 20. Rosenbach Museum & Library
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referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn The United States vs. William S. Smith National Archives at New York City (U.S.)
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Letter from John Jay to William S. Smith United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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associatedWith Abigail Adams Smith Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Abigail Adams Smith Museum. corporateBody
child-in-law of Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818 person
child-in-law of Adams, John, 1735-1826 person
sibling-in-law of Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848 person
associatedWith Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883 person
associatedWith Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889 person
associatedWith Carrillo, Jose Antonio, 1796-1862 person
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P., (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 person
associatedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Debs, Eugene V., ((Eugene Victor)), 1855-1926 person
associatedWith Dennison, William, 1815-1882 person
associatedWith De Windt family. family
associatedWith Emmet, Thomas Addis person
associatedWith Fessenden, William Pitt, 1806-1869 person
associatedWith Field, William B. Osgood, collector. person
associatedWith Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. person
associatedWith Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804. person
associatedWith Harison, Richard, 1747-1829. person
associatedWith Heflin, R. W., Mrs. person
correspondedWith Jay, John, 1745-1829 person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Le Prade, Ruth person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles A., (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974 person
associatedWith McHenry, James, 1753-1816. person
associatedWith Ogden, Samuel G. (Samuel Governeur), 1779-1860. person
alumnusOrAlumnaOf Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Raymond, Henry J., (Henry Jarvis), 1820-1869 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Sepulveda, Juan Capistrano, 1814-1898 person
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872 person
associatedWith Skipwith, Fulwar, 1765-1839. person
spouseOf Smith, Abigail Adams, 1765-1813 person
associatedWith Smith, William Steuben, 1787-1850. person
correspondedWith Stewart, Charles, 1729-1800 person
associatedWith Tallmadge, Matthias B. (Matthias Burnet), 1774-1819 person
associatedWith United States. Continental Army. corporateBody
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799. person
associatedWith Washington, Martha, 1731-1802 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Lebanon NY US
Suffolk County NY US
New York NY US
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Elections--California--Los Angeles--19th century--Archival resources
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Birth 1755-11-08

Death 1816-06-10

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