Nels H. Smith

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Nels Smith
18th Governor of Wyoming
In office
January 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943
Preceded by Leslie Andrew Miller
Succeeded by Lester C. Hunt
Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1884-08-27)August 27, 1884
Gayville, Dakota Territory
Died July 5, 1976(1976-07-05) (aged 91)
Spearfish, South Dakota

Nels Hansen Smith (August 27, 1884 – July 5, 1976) was an American politician who served as the 18th Governor of Wyoming from 1939 until 1943. He was a Republican.


He was born on August 27, 1884 in Gayville in the Dakota Territory.

Smith moved to Wyoming in 1907 and subsequently was elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives for the Fifteenth State Legislature. He lived in Crook County.

He lost the 1942 election to Lester Hunt, a Democrat. In 1942, Smith and two partners bought Ranch A in Crook County, from the estate of Moses Annenberg; it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

He died on July 5, 1976 in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Smith's granddaughter Connie Smith, 10 years old, disappeared in Salisbury, Connecticut while attending summer camp in 1952. He and his son, Connie's father, exhausted all resources trying to find her, but to no avail. She has never been found.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Leslie A. Miller
Governor of Wyoming
January 2, 1939 – January 4, 1943
Succeeded by
Lester C. Hunt