Hon. Charles Smith, LL.D., was a leading member of the Lancaster Bar, to which he was admitted in 1787. He was elected a member of the Legislature in the years 1806, 1807 and 1808, and to the State Senate in 1816. He ranked amongst the ablest men in the Senate and House of Representatives, and bore a conspicuous part in the proceedings of the Legislature. On March 27, 1819, he was appointed to and served as President Judge of the Ninth Judicial District, consisting of the counties of Cumberland, Franklin and Adams. He resigned this position March 27, 1820, having been appointed and commissioned on that day President Judge of the "District Court for the City and County of Lancaster." This latter office he filled until March 27, 1824. He married a daughter of Judge Jasper Yeates, of the Supreme Court, he built a residence near Lancaster known as Hardwicke, since demolished. He removed to Baltimore in 1824, shortly after his retirement from the bench.
He was elected to membership in Lodge No. 43, April 11, 1787. The following June he was elected Junior Warden, but in the latter part of the year he removed to Sunbury, and therefore did not complete his term of office. In the year 1791, having returned to Lancaster, he again took an active part in the affairs of the Lodge, and at the stated meeting held June 8, 1791, he was chosen Worshipful Master, which office he filled for one year.
1. History of Lodge No. 43, F. & A. M. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, page 333.
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