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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.
BibliographyDierenfield, Bruce J.
Keeper of the Rules; Congressman Howard W. Smith of Virginia.
Charlottesville, Va.: The 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.