SMITH, Gomer Griffith, (1896 - 1953)


Campaign button, 1936-1948, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

SMITH, Gomer Griffith, a Representative from Oklahoma; born on a farm near Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo., July 11, 1896; attended the common and high schools of Missouri; was graduated from Rockingham Academy, Kansas City, Mo., in 1915; taught in a country school near Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Mo., 1916-1918; studied law; was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1920, to the Oklahoma bar in 1922, and commenced practice in Oklahoma City, Okla.; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert P. Hill and served from December 10, 1937, to January 3, 1939; was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator; resumed the practice of law in Oklahoma City, where he died May 26, 1953; interment in Rose Hill Mausoleum.