William Robert Smith

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William Robert Smith
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
In office
April 12, 1917 – August 16, 1924
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by new seat
Succeeded by Charles Albert Boynton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by District Created
Succeeded by Thomas L. Blanton
Personal details
Born (1863-08-18)August 18, 1863
Smith County, Texas
Died August 16, 1924(1924-08-16) (aged 60)
El Paso, Texas
Alma mater Sam Houston Normal Institute
Occupation Attorney, Judge

William Robert Smith (August 18, 1863 – August 16, 1924) was a United States representative from Texas and a United States federal judge.

Born in Smith County, Texas, Smith graduated from the Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville, Texas in 1883. He read law in 1885 and was admitted to the Texas bar, beginning the practice of law in Tyler, Texas. He moved to Colorado, Texas in 1888, where he continued to practice law. In 1897, he became a judge of the 32nd Judicial District of Texas. In 1903, he resigned as judge to become a United States representative for Texas and served from March 4, 1903 to March 3, 1917.

In 1916, Smith was defeated for renomination to his seat. He moved to El Paso, Texas in October and resumed the practice of law. This practice was cut short when, on April 11, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Smith to a newly created seat in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Smith was confirmed by the United States Senate, and received his commission, on April 12, 1917. He served until his death in El Paso.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
New District
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas L. Blanton
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Succeeded by
Charles Albert Boynton

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.