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Wint Smith

Politician. Republican. Born: October 7, 1892, Mankato, Kansas. Died: April 27, 1976, Wichita, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District: January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1961.

Wint SmithBorn October 7, 1892, in Mankato, Jewell County, Kansas, Wint Smith attended the public schools and served overseas in the U.S. Army during the First World War. Smith earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas in 1920 and an LL.B. from the Yale University Law School in 1922. He practiced in Kansas City, Kansas, served as assistant attorney general from 1931 to 1940, attorney for Kansas Highway Commission during the 1930s, and during World War II served as lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of the 635th Tank Destroyer Battalion from May 1941 to December 1945; he retired a brigadier general and resumed the practice of law. Smith was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1946 and served from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1961, chose not to be a candidate for an eighth term in 1960 and returned to his Mankato home where he engaged in farming and ranching. He died in Wichita, Kansas, on April 27, 1976.

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