Henry K. Smith
Henry Kendall Smith, mayor of Buffalo.jpg
Portrait of Henry K. Smith
20th Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded byHiram Barton
Succeeded byJames Wadsworth
Personal details
BornApril 2, 1811
St. Croix, Virgin Islands
DiedSeptember 23, 1854(1854-09-23) (aged 43)
Buffalo, New York
Political partyLocofocos, Democrat
Spouse(s)married twice; Miss Voorhees, Sally Ann Thompson
Childrentwo children

Henry Kendall Smith (1811–1854) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1850–1851. He was born on April 2, 1811 in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. In 1819, he was sent to Baltimore, Maryland for education and then moved to New York City in 1828. Shortly thereafter he moved to Johnstown, New York to study law, opening a practice in 1832. In 1833, he moved to Buffalo and began a legal partnership with Israel T. Hatch. He married Miss Voorhees of Johnstown in 1834; she died shortly thereafter and he remarried in June 1848, to Sally Ann Thompson, daughter of ex-Mayor Sheldon Thompson. He was appointed District Attorney for Erie County in December 1836. At the outbreak of the Patriot War he was made captain of one of the companies of citizen volunteers. In 1848, he was appointed Postmaster of Buffalo.[2]

On March 5, 1850, the local elections were held and Locofoco candidate Henry K. Smith was elected. During his term, he supported various civic improvements. His term ended on March 11, 1851. After leaving office, he continued his law partnership and died on September 23, 1854. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3.
  2. ^ a b "Henry K. Smith". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
Political offices Preceded byHiram Barton Mayor of Buffalo, NY 1850–1851 Succeeded byJames Wadsworth