Frederick Cleveland Smith

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Frederick Cleveland Smith
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1951
Preceded byThomas B. Fletcher
Succeeded byJackson Edward Betts
Personal details
Born(1884-07-29)July 29, 1884
Shanesville, Ohio
DiedJuly 16, 1956(1956-07-16) (aged 71)
Marion, Ohio
Resting placeMarion Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materA.T. Still University
OccupationOsteopathic physician

Frederick Cleveland Smith (July 29, 1884 – July 16, 1956) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.

Frederick C. Smith was born in Shanesville, Ohio. He graduated in osteopathic medicine at Kirksville, Missouri, and practiced there for several years. He went abroad and continued his study of medicine in Frankfurt, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. In 1917 was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Ohio and commenced practice at Marion, Ohio. He was mayor of Marion, Ohio, from January 1936 until January 1, 1939, when he resigned.

Smith founded the Frederick C. Smith Clinic in Marion, which brought together doctors in various fields in a practice that benefited from each doctor's specialty. The original clinic was located on East Church Street. The concern continues in Marion, Ohio, and still bears the name of Dr. Smith.

Smith was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses. While in Congress, Smith "would invariably draw 'zero' ratings from the Americans for Democratic Action and other leftist groups."[1] By one measure, he was the most conservative member of Congress between 1937 and 1970, and the sixth most conservative overall since 1937.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1950. He resumed his medical profession and died in Marion, Ohio, on July 16, 1956. Interment in Marion Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Frederick Cleveland Smith (id: S000536)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • Frederick Cleveland Smith at Find a Grave


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas B. Fletcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

1939 - 1951
Succeeded by
Jackson E. Betts