A. Hyatt Smith

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A. Hyatt Smith
1st and 5th Mayor of Janesville, Wisconsin
In office
April 1857 – April 1858
Preceded by John J. R. Pease
Succeeded by Sanford A. Hudson
In office
April 1853 – April 1854
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by J. B. Doe
United States Attorney for the District of Wisconsin
In office
Appointed by James K. Polk
Preceded by Thomas W. Sutherland
Succeeded by George W. Lakin
5th Attorney General of the Wisconsin Territory
In office
January 22, 1846 – June 7, 1848
Appointed by Henry Dodge
Preceded by William Pitt Lynde
Succeeded by James S. Brown
(state government)
Personal details
Abraham Hyatt Smith

(1814-02-05)February 5, 1814
New York, New York
Died October 16, 1892(1892-10-16) (aged 78)
Janesville, Wisconsin
Resting place Oak Hill Cemetery
Janesville, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic
  • Ann Margaret Cooper (Kelley) Smith
  • (m. 1838; died 1885)
  • Minnie C. Smith
  • (b. 1841; died 1913)
  • William Hyatt Smith
  • (b. 1842; died 1843)
  • Fanny F. Smith
  • (b. 1842; died 1843)
  • J. Maurice Smith
  • (b. 1845; died 1926)
  • Anna Kate (Patterson)
  • (b. 1853; died 1914)
Profession lawyer, politician

Abraham Hyatt Smith (February 5, 1814 – October 16, 1892) was an American lawyer, businessman, and politician. He was the 5th Attorney General of the Wisconsin Territory and was the 2nd United States Attorney for the District of Wisconsin


Born in New York City, Smith studied law and was admitted to the New York bar in 1835. In 1842, he moved to Janesville, Wisconsin Territory, where he built a mill and practiced law. Smith served as a delegate to the first Wisconsin Constitutional Convention of 1846 as a representative of Rock County. In 1847, Wisconsin Territorial Governor Henry Dodge appointed Smith as the Attorney General of the Territory serving until Wisconsin became a state in 1848. In 1848, President James Polk appointed Smith as the United States District Attorney serving until 1849. In 1853, Smith was elected first Mayor of Janesville after its incorporation as a city. He later served as Mayor again in 1857. He was also involved with the railroad industry and other forms of communication.[1][2]


  1. ^ http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary/index.asp?action=view&term_id=2579&search_term=smith
  2. ^ 'The convention of 1846,' Milo Milton Quaife, The Wisconsin Historical Society:1918, Biographical Sketch of Abraham Hyatt Smith, p. 790
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