Tucker P. Smith

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Tucker Powell Smith (January 29, 1898 – June 25, 1970) was an economics professor from Olivet, Michigan.[1]

Smith graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree and masters degree in political science. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Rho, and Alpha Zeta Pi.[2] He was a long-time pacifist, and member of the Committee on Militarism in Education and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (both major pacifist organizations during and after World War I). From 1933 to 1937, he was director of Brookwood Labor College.

In 1948, Smith was selected as the Socialist vice presidential candidate to run along with Norman Thomas. The 1948 Socialist ticket garnered 139,569 votes.[3] In 1930 Tucker was the Socialist candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 2nd District.[4] Tucker finished third of four candidates with 6,144 votes for 3.8% of the total vote.[5]


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  2. ^ "T.P. Smith to Oppose Compulsory Militarism." Cornell Daily Sun. March 4, 1930.
  3. ^ SOCIALISTS: Voice of the Lonely Lion - TIME
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At Olivet he was President of a small chapter of The American Federation of Teacher. During his tenure the students led by Jack Vanerlind and Bruce miller organized a student strike to protest the dismissal of T. Barton Akely, a Christian socialist because of his views. The union, led by a Smith, refused to support the strike and although supported by about on third of the student party who refused to register, failed. Ultimately all the teachers who were in the union lost their positions or left. Students leaders felt that Smith had betrayed his own values and them

Party political offices
Preceded by
Darlington Hoopes
Socialist Party of America Vice Presidential candidate
1948 (lost)
Succeeded by
Samuel H. Friedman