Charles Bennett Smith

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C. B. Smith, Congressman from New York

Charles Bennett Smith (September 14, 1870 – May 21, 1939) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Sardinia, New York, Smith attended the district schools, and in 1886 graduated from Arcade Academy in Arcade, New York. He farmed, and subsequently became a railroad telegraph operator.

He was a reporter for the Buffalo Courier from 1890 to 1893, and he became managing editor of the Buffalo Times in 1894. He later served as editor of the Buffalo Evening Enquirer and the Buffalo Morning Courier.

Smith was appointed a member of the Buffalo Board of School Examiners and served two years as its chairman.

Smith was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1919). In his first election in 1910 he won by one vote.[1]

He served as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Commerce (Sixty-fourth Congress), Committee on Patents (Sixty-fifth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress.

He engaged in commercial and industrial pursuits in Buffalo, New York. He was the state Superintendent of Standards and Purchases from 1935 until his death in Wilmington, New York, May 21, 1939.

He was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Tonawanda, New York.

Smith was married to Frances G. Stanton (1871-1931), who worked with him as a newspaper reporter and editor, and served as New York's Civil Service Commissioner from 1929 until her death.


  1. ^ "By One Vote: Smith, on Three Tickets, Wins Out for Congress". The Scranton Republican. November 11, 1910. p. 1. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
De Alva S. Alexander
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 36th congressional district

Succeeded by
Sereno E. Payne
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 41st congressional district

Succeeded by
Clarence MacGregor

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website