Congressional CemeteryPatriot John Smilie (1741-1812) joined the militia when the Revolutionary War began, leaving his Pennsylvania farm in the care of his wife. He was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1784. A vocal abolitionist, Smilie was instrumental in passing Pennsylvania's anti-slavery law, the first of its kind in the nation, and advocated the death penalty for slave smugglers and immediate freedom for illegally imported slaves. Smiley was present at the US Constitutional Convention and was elected to the US Congress in 1792, serving 7 straight terms. In 1812, at age 71, he was re-elected to an eighth term, but died of typhus fever before it began. He was buried at Congressional Cemetery.
|Placed By||Historic Congressional Cemetery|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 328457 N 4305609|
|Decimal Degrees||38.88261667, -76.97770000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 52.957', W 76° 58.662'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 52' 57.42" N, 76° 58' 39.72" W|
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