William H. Smathers

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William H. Smathers
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United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
April 15, 1937 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by William W. Barbour
Succeeded by Albert W. Hawkes
Personal details
Born William Howell Smathers
(1891-01-07)January 7, 1891
Haywood County, North Carolina
Died September 24, 1955(1955-09-24) (aged 64)
Asheville, North Carolina
Political party Democratic

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


Smathers was born 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. 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.[1] He was the uncle of Florida Senator George Smathers.


  1. ^ "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. ... 
United States Senate
Preceded by
W. Warren Barbour
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: A. Harry Moore, John G. Milton, W. Warren Barbour
Succeeded by
Albert W. Hawkes
Party political offices
Preceded by
Percy H. Stewart
Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate (Class 2) from New Jersey
1936, 1942
Succeeded by
Archibald S. Alexander


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