Born: March 6, 1797
Died: December 28, 1874
Occupation: Politician, abolitionist, philanthropist
Biography: Gerrit Smith was a leading United States social reformer, abolitionist, politician, and philanthropist. Spouse to Ann Carroll Fitzhugh, Smith was a candidate for President of the United States in 1848, 1856, and 1860, but only served 18 months in the federal government in Congress as a Free Soil Party Representative, in 1853 4.