Gomer Griffith Smith

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Gomer Griffith Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
December 10, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byRobert P. Hill
Succeeded byMike Monroney
Personal details
BornJuly 11, 1896 (1896-07-11)
Jackson County, Missouri
DiedMay 26, 1953 (1953-05-27) (aged 56)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Hazel Mae Mizner Smith
Alma materRockingham Academy, Kansas City, Missouri
ProfessionAttorney politician

Gomer Griffith Smith (July 11, 1896 – May 26, 1953) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma from 1937 to 1939.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on a farm near Kansas City, Missouri, Smith was the son of Joseph M. and Elizabeth Lewis Smith, and attended the common and high schools of Missouri. He was graduated from Rockingham Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1915.

While teaching in a country school near Excelsior Springs, Missouri from 1916 to 1918, Smith studied law. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1920, to the Oklahoma bar in 1922, and commenced practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[1]


Elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert P. Hill, Smith served from December 10, 1937, to January 3, 1939.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator, and resumed the practice of law in Oklahoma City.

Private life[edit]

He married Hazel Mae Mizner, and they were the parents of a son and three daughters. They also adopted Gomer's youngest brother.[3]


Died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, on May 26, 1953 (age 56 years, 319 days). He is entombed in mausoleum at Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City.[4]


  1. ^ "Gomer Griffith Smith". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Gomer Griffith Smith". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Gomer Griffith Smith". Oklahoma Historical Society. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Gomer Griffith Smith". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 June 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert P. Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mike Monroney