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Smith, Sam G., General
Section 28.51
ID # 280781

Monumental Edifice
Raised by fraternal affection
Rest over the mortal remains
Gen. Sam G. Smith
A Native
Of North Carolina
And at his death
Secretary of State
For the State of
He was born the 18th of
Sept. A.D. 1794
And died on the 1st day of
The same month A.D. 1835 

1908 Plat: S.G. Smith Died 1835
                Section 28 NE Lot 63
1909 List: Lot owner Gen. S.G. Smith
Smith 1908: Same as Recorded 2006
  except Smith did not list the Epitaph

Tennessee Secretary of State
Samuel Granville Smith

Samuel Smith was born in 1794, two years before Tennessee gained statehood. He was a native of Granville County, North Carolina, and came to Tennessee with his father, Colonel James Webb Smith, where they settled in Jackson County. In 1811, he served in the Volunteer Mounted troops at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Upon his return to Tennessee he served in a variety of public offices that include: postmaster at Gainesboro, Tennessee, for several years; the first mayor of Gainesboro; county clerk in 1825; state Senator from 1827-1830; and as Secretary of State for Tennessee, 183l-1835. The state of Tennessee was still in its infancy and still establishing county boundaries during Smith's term. Prior to his death he aided in establishing DeKalb County. In 1838, the town of Smithville was founded and named in his honor.

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After 2009 Restoration

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Samuel Granville Smith died on September 2, 1835, during his third year holding the office of Secretary of State for Tennessee. As the eighth Secretary of State for Tennessee, he served from 1831 until his untimely death in 1835. At the time of his death he was a slave owner and he was married to Mary Smith, and had two sons, Granville P. Smith and James W. Smith, none of whom he bequeathed anything in his final will and testament. He died in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on his travels to the medical springs for the recovery of his health. His remains arrived back to Nashville later that week, and were committed to the grave at the Nashville City Cemetery. He received full military honors and followed by a numerous procession.

Kevin Wesley
Graduate Student, MSP Program
Cumberland University

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