SMITH, Frank Ellis

1918–1997

Biography

SMITH, Frank Ellis, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Sidon, Leflore County, Miss., February 21, 1918; attended the public schools of Sidon and Greenwood, Miss.; was graduated from Sunflower Junior College, Moorhead, Miss., in 1936 and from the University of Mississippi in 1941; entered the United States Army as a private on February 9, 1942; graduate of Field Artillery officers candidate school; served in Europe as a captain with the Two Hundred and Forty-third Field Artillery Battalion, Third Army; was discharged to Reserves as a major of Field Artillery on February 13, 1946; managing editor, Greenwood Morning Star in 1946 and 1947; student at American University, Washington, D.C., in 1946; legislative assistant to United States Senator John Stennis 1947-1949; member of State senate 1948-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and to the five succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1951, until his resignation November 14, 1962; unsuccessful for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Valley Authority, November 14, 1962, to May 18, 1972; associate director, Illinois State board of higher education, 1973-1974; visiting professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1977-1979; special assistant to Governor William Winter of Mississippi, 1980-1983; elected life fellow, Southern Regional Council, 1984; died in Jackson, Miss., August 2, 1997.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

John F. Kennedy Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1960-1961. 2 feet. Correspondence, reports, and other papers as director of the Kennedy-Johnson Natural Resources Advisory Committee.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Jackson, MS
Papers: 1954-1970. 7 items. Manuscripts of books and articles. Description in repository.
Papers: In papers of United States Congressmen. Extracts from the Congressional Record. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

University of Southern Mississippi
McCain Library and Archives

Hattiesburg, MS
Oral History: 1976. 87 pages.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Mitchell, Dennis J. "Frank E. Smith: Mississippi Liberal." Journal of Mississippi History 48 (May 1986): 85-104.

___. "Frank Ellis Smith: An Intellectual Journey." Journal of Mississippi History 52 (February 1990): 23-40.

___. Mississippi Liberal: A Biography of Frank E. Smith. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Smith, Frank Ellis. Congressman from Mississippi. New York: Pantheon, 1964.

___. "The Democratic Idea and Southern Congressional Politics." Mississippi Quarterly 18 (Fall 1965): 223-30.

___. The Politics of Conservation. New York: Pantheon Books, 1966.

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