Elected as a Federalist Congressman from New York.
Served as a diplomat for Congress to France.
He became an important thinker and leader of the Federalist Party.
Smith was a Federalist, serving as Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives 1800, 1806—1807, 1807—1809 , as Congressman and Federalist Party floor leader in the House from 1800—1806, the seventh Lieutenant Governor 1811—1812 , and finally as the last Federalist Governor of Connecticut from 1812 to 1817.
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Elected as a Whig to Congress serving from 1837 to 1841.