W. R. Smith was elected to represent the 16th Congressional District of Texas in 1903 and served until 1917. He was born in Brenham, Texas in 1863 and graduated from Sam Houston Normal Institute at Huntsville.
In 1890 Smith married Frances Lipscomb Breedlove and they continued to live in Colorado (now Colorado City) where Smith practiced law from 1888 until elected to Congress, serving from 1903 to 1916. A month after leaving Congress, President Wilson appointed Smith U.S. district judge for the Western District of Texas Subsequently, Smith, his wife, and their five children moved to district headquarters in El Paso. Smith remained there until his death in 1924.
I sometimes walk past the White House, but have not done much sight seeing. Am ready to go home if I only could.
-W. R. Smith, in January 1905 letter to his wife