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William Orlando SMITH

(1859-1932)

SMITH, William Orlando, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, Pa., June 13, 1859; attended the public schools; learned the printing trade; publisher of the Reynoldsville Herald 1876-1879; worked in the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1879-1884; returned to Punxsutawney, Pa., in 1884 and successively edited the Punxsutawney Tribune and the Punxsutawney Spirit; member of the State house of representatives 1889-1898; editor of the Bradford (Pa.) Daily Era in 1891; purchased a half interest in the Punxsutawney Spirit in January 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1903-March 3, 1907); was not a candidate for renomination in 1906; resumed newspaper interests in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, Pa.; died in Cleveland, Ohio, May 12, 1932; interment in Circle Hill Cemetery, Punxsutawney, Pa.

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

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