William H. Smathers

William Howell Smathers (January 7, 1891 – September 24, 1955) was a Democratic United States Senator from New Jersey, serving from 1937 to 1943.

William H. Smathers
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United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
January 3, 1937[1] – January 3, 1943
Preceded byWilliam W. Barbour
Succeeded byAlbert W. Hawkes
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
William Howell Smathers

(1891-01-07)January 7, 1891
Haywood County, North Carolina
DiedSeptember 24, 1955(1955-09-24) (aged 64)
Asheville, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic


Smathers was born on January 7, 1891 on a plantation near Waynesville, North Carolina.

He attended public school and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Smathers was graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1911 and was admitted to the bar in 1912, commencing practice in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he served as a judge of the common pleas court of Atlantic City from 1922 to 1932.[2] Additionally, he served as the first assistant Attorney General of New Jersey, from 1934 to 1936.[2] Smathers was elected to the New Jersey Senate in 1935. He served one term in the U.S. Senate, losing his bid for reelection in 1942. He returned to his law practice in Atlantic City until his retirement to Waynesville.

He died on September 24, 1955 in Asheville, North Carolina.[3][4]


He was the uncle of Florida Senator George Smathers.


  1. ^ He was installed late on April 15, 1937, remaining until then a member of the state Senate, but that does not affect when his service in the U.S. Senate begins, as there is no prohibition in concurrent service in both federal and state legislatures.
  2. ^ a b US Congressional Bioguide
  3. ^ "W.H. Smathers, 64, Dies. Former U.S. Senator From N.J.". Chicago Tribune. September 25, 1955. William H. Smathers, 64, of New Jersey died in a hospital here today. He was an uncle of Sen. George Smathers, Florida Democrat. Smathers, a Democrat. ...
  4. ^ "W. H. Smathers, Ex-Senator, Dies. Jersey Democrat From 1937 to 1943. Served State Legislator and Jurist". New York Times. September 25, 1955. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Percy H. Stewart
Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 2) from New Jersey
1936, 1942
Succeeded by
Archibald S. Alexander
Preceded by
W. Warren Barbour
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943
Served alongside: A. Harry Moore, John G. Milton, W. Warren Barbour
Succeeded by
Albert W. Hawkes

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