Francis R. Smith
Frank R. Smith
|Chairman of the|
Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
December 28, 1963 – December 1, 1967
|Preceded by||Bill Green, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Bill Green, III|
|Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner|
January 18, 1955 – January 15, 1963
|Preceded by||James F. Malone, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Audrey Kelly|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1943
|Preceded by||Fred Gartner|
|Succeeded by||Fred Pracht|
|Born||September 25, 1911|
|Died||December 9, 1982(aged 71)|
|Alma mater||St. Joseph’s College|
Born in Philadelphia, all four of Smith's grandparents were Irish immigrants. He graduated from St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia in 1933, and from the law department of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1938. He was a bank examiner with the Pennsylvania State Banking Department in 1938 and 1939. He unsuccessfully sought election to one of Philadelphia County's allotted at-large seats in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1938.
Smith was elected as a Democrat to the 77th Congress, but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1942. After his term in Congress, he became a United States Marshal for the eastern district of Pennsylvania, serving from January 29, 1943, until his resignation on April 30, 1945. He was appointed collector of internal revenue at Philadelphia on May 1, 1945, and served in that capacity until 1952. He ran for Register of Wills in Philadelphia in 1953, but was unsuccessful. In 1955, Governor George Leader appointed Smith State Insurance Commissioner. In December 1963, he was elected to succeed the recently deceased Congressman Bill Green as Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party. He was also an elected member of the Board of Revision of Taxes of Philadelphia and member of Board of View of Philadelphia.
- "United States Census, 1920", FamilySearch, retrieved March 25, 2018
- "Democrats Pick Aide to Succeed Green as Philadelphia Chairman; Haste Opposed In Post Since 1962". The New York Times. December 28, 1963. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- United States Congress. "Francis R. Smith (id: S000532)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district
James F. Malone, Jr.
| Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner
|Party political offices|
Bill Green, Jr.
| Chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee
Bill Green, III
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