SMITH, Benjamin A. II, (1916 - 1991)

Senate Years of Service: 1960-1962
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

SMITH, Benjamin A. II, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Gloucester, Essex County, Mass., March 26, 1916; attended Gloucester public schools and graduated from Governor Dummer Academy; graduated from Harvard University in 1939; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with service in the Pacific Theater 1941-1945; president of Merchants Box Factory, Cape Ann Fisheries, Inc., United Fisheries Co., Gloucester By-Products, Inc., and Gloucester Community Pier Association, Inc.; mayor of Gloucester, Mass., 1954-1955; appointed on December 27, 1960, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John F. Kennedy and served from December 27, 1960, to November 6, 1962, when a duly elected successor was chosen; was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy in 1962; lived in Gloucester, Mass., until his death on September 26, 1991; interment in Calvary Cemetery.