Alabama State Treasurer

James Craig Smith


State Treasurer: 1892-1896, 1900-1907




Of Selma, was born September 13, 1859, at Orrville, in Dallas County, and was the son of Frederick H. Smith, a native of Hancock County, Ga., and wife Margaret Alice, daughter of William Hamlin Quarles, a native of Edgefield District, S. C., and wife Catherine Bozeman, both of whom resided in Dallas County. His paternal grandparents are Horace Smith and wife Jane Horten, of Hancock County, Ga. His father, F. H. Smith, was a merchant and planter, and State Treasurer of Alabama from 1883 to 1888.


Mr. Smith attended the village schools, and later the University of Alabama, 1876-77, and Vanderbilt University. He wass an extensive cotton planter. He was a member of the House of Representatives, 1890-91, and 1896-97; and State Treasurer, 1892-96, being re-elected in 1900 and again in 1902. He was a Methodist. He was a Democrat, and in 1906 was chairman of the State campaign committee of the party. On March 1, 1907 he entered upon his duties as president of the Board of Convict Inspectors. He twice married: (1) On September 3, 1894, he was married to Eloise, daughter of Dr. M. P. and Louise (Jones) LeGrand, of Montgomery, and (2) to Mignon, daughter of Gov. Braxton B. and Eva J. (Harris) Comer.


J. Craig Smith died on April 11, 1921.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1907, 20.
ADAH Surname Clippings File.



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