Gomer Griffith Smith

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Gomer Griffith Smith
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
December 10, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded by Robert P. Hill
Succeeded by Mike Monroney
Personal details
Born July 11, 1896 (1896-07-11)
Jackson County, Missouri
Died May 26, 1953 (1953-05-27) (aged 56)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Hazel Mae Mizner Smith
Alma mater Rockingham Academy, Kansas City, Missouri
Profession

Attorney

politician

Gomer Griffith Smith (July 11, 1896 – May 26, 1953) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma.

Biography

Born on a farm near Kansas City, Missouri, Smith was the son of Joseph M. and Elizabeth Lewis Smith, and attended the common and high schools of Missouri. He was graduated from Rockingham Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1915. He married Hazel Mae Mizner, and they were the parents of a son and three daughters. They also adopted Gomer's youngest brother.[1]

Career

While teaching in a country school near Excelsior Springs, Missouri from 1916 to 1918, Smith studied law. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1920, to the Oklahoma bar in 1922, and commenced practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[2]

Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert P. Hill, Smith served from December 10, 1937, to January 3, 1939.[3] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator, and resumed the practice of law in Oklahoma City.

Death

Died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, on May 26, 1953 (age 56 years, 319 days). He is entombed in mausoleum at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City.[4]

References

  1. "Gomer Griffith Smith". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  2. "Gomer Griffith Smith". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. "Gomer Griffith Smith". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. "Gomer Griffith Smith". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert P. Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th congressional district

1937–1939
Succeeded by
Mike Monroney