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Thomas Vernor SMITH

(1890-1964)

SMITH, Thomas Vernor, a Representative from Illinois; born in Blanket, Brown County, Tex., April 26, 1890; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1915 and from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., in 1922; during the First World War entered the military service September 3, 1918, and served as a private in the United States Army until discharged on January 28, 1919; member of the faculty of Texas Christian University 1916-1918, the University of Texas 1919-1921, and the University of Chicago 1923-1948; author of numerous books; editor of the International Journal of Ethics 1931-1948; member of the State senate 1935-1938; chairman of the Illinois Legislative Council in 1937 and 1938; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth Congress (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress; served in the Army of the United States, as a lieutenant colonel and later as a colonel, from 1943 to 1946; served as director of education of the Allied Control Commission in Italy from November 24, 1943, to November 11, 1944; in 1948 resumed his profession as a writer and teacher at the University of Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y., until his retirement in 1959; resided in Hyattsville, Md., until his death there May 24, 1964; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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

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