Frank Ellis SMITH, Congress, MS (1918-1997)
SMITH, Frank Ellis, a Representative from Mississippi; born in Sidon, Leflore County, Miss., February 21, 1918; attended the public schools of Sidon and Greenwood, Miss.; was graduated from Sunflower Junior College, Moorhead, Miss., in 1936 and from the University of Mississippi in 1941; entered the United States Army as a private on February 9, 1942; graduate of Field Artillery officers candidate school; served in Europe as a captain with the Two Hundred and Forty-third Field Artillery Battalion, Third Army; was discharged to Reserves as a major of Field Artillery on February 13, 1946; managing editor, Greenwood Morning Star in 1946 and 1947; student at American University, Washington, D.C., in 1946; legislative assistant to United States Senator John Stennis 1947-1949; member of State senate 1948-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second and to the five succeeding Congresses, and served from January 3, 1951, until his resignation November 14, 1962; unsuccessful for renomination in 1962 to the Eighty-eighth Congress; member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Valley Authority, November 14, 1962, to May 18, 1972; associate director, Illinois State board of higher education, 1973-1974; visiting professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1977-1979; special assistant to Governor William Winter of Mississippi, 1980-1983; elected life fellow, Southern Regional Council, 1984; died in Jackson, Miss., August 2, 1997.
BibliographySmith, Frank E. Congressman from Mississippi. New York: Pantheon Books, 1964; Mitchell, Dennis J. Mississippi Liberal: A Biography of Frank E. Smith. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present