Thomas Vernor Smith

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Thomas Vernor Smith
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1939 January 3, 1941
Preceded by Lewis M. Long
Succeeded by William Stratton
Member of the Illinois Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1890-04-26)April 26, 1890
Blanket, Texas
DiedMay 24, 1964(1964-05-24) (aged 74)
Hyattsville, Maryland
Political party Democratic

Thomas Vernor Smith (April 26, 1890 – May 24, 1964), who wrote under the byline T. V. Smith, was an American philosopher, scholar, and politician from Illinois, as well as an officer in the United States Army.

Illinois State of the United States of America

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois is often noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

United States Army Land warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

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Smith was born in Blanket, Texas, on April 26, 1890. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1915, and from the University of Chicago in 1922. Smith entered the Army during World War I and served as a private until discharged on January 28, 1919.

Blanket, Texas Town in Texas, United States

'Blanket' is a town located in Brown County in west-central Texas, United States. The population was 390 at the 2010 census.

University of Texas at Austin public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

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Smith was a member of the faculty of Texas Christian University from 1916 to 1918, the University of Texas from 1919 to 1921, and the University of Chicago from 1923 to 1948. He authored numerous books, and served as editor of the International Journal of Ethics from 1931 to 1948. Smith began his political career as a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1935 until 1938, and was the chairman of the Illinois Legislative Council in 1937 and 1938. Smith was subsequently elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth United States Congress, from January 3, 1939, through January 3, 1941. Smith failed to be reelected in 1940 for another term.

Texas Christian University private university in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private Christian-based, coeducational university in Fort Worth, Texas, established in 1873 by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark as the Add-Ran Male & Female College.

During World War II, Smith returned to the Army as a lieutenant colonel and later as a colonel, serving from 1943 to 1946. He was the director of education of the Allied Control Commission in Italy from November 24, 1943, to November 11, 1944. In 1948, Smith resumed his profession as a writer and teacher at the University of Syracuse until his retirement in 1959. He resided in Hyattsville, Maryland until his death there on May 24, 1964. Smith is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Hyattsville, Maryland City in Maryland

Hyattsville is a city in Prince George's County, Maryland, and also a close, urban suburb of Washington, D.C. The population was 17,557 at the 2010 United States Census.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lewis M. Long
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
William Stratton

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