SMITH, Howard Worth

SMITH, Howard Worth
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1883–1976

Biography

SMITH, Howard Worth, a Representative from Virginia; born in Broad Run, Fauquier County Va., February 2, 1883; attended the public schools; was graduated from Bethel Military Academy, Warrenton, Va., in 1901 and from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1903; was admitted to the bar in 1904 and commenced practice in Alexandria, Va.; assistant general counsel, Alien Property Custodian, in 1917 and 1918; served as Commonwealth attorney of Alexandria, Va., 1918-1922; judge of the corporation court of Alexandria 1922-1928; judge of the sixteenth judicial circuit of Virginia 1928-1930; also engaged in banking, farming, and dairying; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the seventeen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1967); chairman, Committee on Rules (Eighty-fourth through Eighty-ninth Congresses); sponsor of the Smith Act of 1940; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Alexandria, Va., where he died October 3, 1976; interment in Georgetown Cemetery, Broad Run, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Virginia Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1920-1976. 153 feet Congressional files, including correspondence and legislative material, especially regarding committees on which he served and 1966 desegregation bill, campaign material (1938, 1944, 1966), memorabilia, and letters regarding his retirement and letters of condolence to his wife. Finding aid in library.
Oral History: 1966-1968. Less than 100 minutes. Part of an oral history project of the American Enterprise Institute. Includes correspondence, transcripts, and related material.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dierenfield, Bruce J. "Conservative Outrage: The Defeat in 1966 of Representative Howard W. Smith of Virginia." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 89 (April 1981): 181- 205.

------. Keeper of the Rules: Congressman Howard W. Smith of Virginia. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1987.

Jones, Charles O. "Joseph G. Cannon and Howard W. Smith: An Essay on the Limits of Leadership in the House of Representatives." Journal of Politics 30 (August 1968): 617-46.

Smith, Howard Worth. Our Paternal Hearth. Drawings by Juan Flores. N.p.: Smith], 1976.

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