Edward Parsons Smith

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Edward Parsons Smith
Mayor of Omaha
In office
Preceded by James C. Dahlman
Succeeded by James C. Dahlman
Personal details
Born (1860-09-30)30 September 1860
Died 21 May 1930(1930-05-21) (aged 69)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Occupation Politician

Edward Parsons Smith (1860–1930) was the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska from 1918 to 1921.


Smith was born September 30, 1860. He beat incumbent Mayor "Cowboy" Jim Dahlman in 1918 on a reform ticket aiming to defeat Tom Dennison's political machine, which at that point had run Omaha for at least 15 years. Dennison's displeasure with Smith's moral stance was frequently voiced, and took shape in the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. During that riot Smith was strung up and almost lynched by a mob.[1] After being rescued by Omaha Police detectives and taken to Omaha's Ford Hospital, Smith's political will never returned. He died May 21, 1930.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lesson Plans for Omaha Race Riot of 1919. NebraskaStudies.org. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  2. ^ "Index to politicians: E-F." Political Graveyard. Retrieved 12/28/07.
Preceded by
James C. Dahlman
Mayor of Omaha
Succeeded by
James C. Dahlman