Thursday, November 8, 2018
Clays of Ky., Green Clay Smith, Congressman and Montana Territorial Governor Ky.-- Part 6: An Unconditional Unionist, C
In 1862, he was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the 38th Congress and resigned his military post on December 1, 1863. In Congress, he served on the Committee of Militia. He was brevetted to major general of volunteers in 1865.
He resigned from Congress in 1866 after President Johnson appointed him to be Territorial Governor of Montana. During his tenure, he helped moderate tensions between the white settlers and Indians.
After he resigned from that, he returned to D.C. and became an ordained Baptist minister and got involved in the temperance movement.
In 1876, the National Prohibition Party nominated him for president but he didn't receive but a little more than 9,000 votes.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.