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W.R. Smith Sr.

Biographical Chronology

1863

August 18, born near Tyler, Texas

1868-1879

Attended public school

1883

Graduated from Sam Houston Normal Institute

1885

Studied law and admitted to the state bar of Texas

1886-1887

Practiced law in Tyler

1888

Moved to Colorado City, Texas

1890

Married Francis Lipscomb Breedlove

1897-1903

Judge, 32nd Judicial District

1902

Elected as first U. S.

Representative from newly created 16 District. Defeated Republican D. G. Hunt and D. H. Meeks.

1903-1917

Served in U. S.Congress

1904

Re-elected. Defeated Republican Logan McPherson

1906

Re-elected. Defeated Ben Vantuys and Socialist J. M. Ellis

1908

Re-elected. Defeated G. W. Boynton and Socialist P. G. Zimmerman

1910

Re-elected. Defeated Socialist W. H. Harvey and Republican Robert A. Webb

1912

Re-elected. Unopposed.

1914

Re-elected. Unopposed.

1916

Defeated by Thomas Blanton in Democratic primary.

1917

Appointed by President Wilson as U. S. District Court Judge. Western District

1917-1924

Served as U. S. District Court Judge

1924

August 16. Died in El Paso. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

SEE ALSO

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Online:

http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000636

The Handbook of Texas Online:

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/fsm47.html

Members of the House of Representatives. Sixtieth Congress (photo)


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