James Vernon Smith
James Vernon Smith
|Administrator of the Farmers Home Administration|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oklahoma's 6th district
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969
|Preceded by||Jed Johnson, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||John Newbold Camp|
|Born||July 23, 1926|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Died||June 23, 1973 (aged 46)|
Grady County, Oklahoma
|Spouse(s)||Mary Belle Couch Smith|
|Alma mater||Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts|
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Smith was the son of Fred O. and Josephine Meder Smith, and was educated in Tuttle public schools and attended Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts at Chickasha, Oklahoma. He married Mary Belle Couch, and the couple had three children, Jay, Sarah, and Lee Ann.
Smith engaged in farming and cattle raising, and served as member of the board of regents of Oklahoma Four-Year Colleges.
Elected as a Republican to the 90th Congress, Smith served from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1969. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1968. After a 1967 redistricting plan forced him into running against either fellow Republican Happy Camp or Democrat Tom Steed, he chose to take on Steed, a conservative Democrat from Shawnee. He was defeated by a 54% to 46% tally despite the fact that Nixon won a plurality in the newly drawn district.
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- James Vernon Smith at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Jed Johnson, Jr.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district
John N. Camp