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Francis Raphael SMITH

(1911-1982)

SMITH, Francis Raphael, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., September 25, 1911; attended the parochial school and was graduated from Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1929, from St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1933, and from the law department of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1938; bank examiner with Pennsylvania State Banking Department in 1938 and 1939; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1938 to the State house of representatives; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh Congress (January 3, 1941-January 3, 1943); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942 to the Seventy-eighth Congress; United States marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania from January 29, 1943, until his resignation on April 30, 1945; was appointed collector of internal revenue at Philadelphia on May 1, 1945, and served in that capacity until 1952; insurance commissioner, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1955-1963; chairman of Democratic City Committee of Philadelphia 1965 to 1968; elected member of Board of Revision of Taxes of Philadelphia and member of Board of View of Philadelphia; was a resident of Philadelphia, Pa., until his death there on December 9, 1982; interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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