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Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Smilie

Congressional Cemetery

 
 
John Smilie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 29, 2019
1. John Smilie Marker
Inscription.  Patriot 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.
 
Erected by Historic Congressional Cemetery.
 
Location. 38° 52.957′ N, 76° 58.662′ W. Marker is in Barney Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from E Street Southeast 0.1 miles east of Potomac Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
John Smilie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 29, 2019
2. John Smilie Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. Elbridge Gerry (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Elbridge Gerry (here, next to this marker); Thomas R. Gedney (here, next to this marker); Pushmataha (a few steps from this marker); Uriah Tracy (within shouting distance of this marker); Levi Casey (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Congressional Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRCemeteries & Burial SitesGovernment & PoliticsWar, US Revolutionary
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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