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Larkin I. SMITH

(1944-1989)

SMITH, Larkin I., a Representative from Mississippi; born in Poplarville, Pearl River County, Miss., June 26, 1944; attended Poplarville Elementary School; graduated, Poplarville High School, 1962; chief deputy sheriff, Pearl River County sheriff’s department, 1966-1972; chief investigator, Harrison County sheriff’s department, 1971-1977; B.A., William Carey College, 1979; chief of police, Gulfport, Miss., August 1977-December 1983; Sheriff of Harrison County, Miss., January 1, 1984, to January 1, 1989; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First Congress and served from January 3, 1989, until his death August 13, 1989, in a private aircraft crash in the DeSoto National Forest, Miss., while en route from Hattiesburg to Gulfport, Miss.

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

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