Martin F. Smith

Fernard Martin Smith ( born May 28, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois, † October 25, 1954 in Bethesda, Maryland ) was an American politician. Between 1933 and 1943 he represented the State of Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Martin Smith attended the public schools of his home, the Lewis Institute in Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1912 admitted to the bar he began to work in his new profession in Hoquiam in Washington State. Between 1914 and 1917 he worked in his new home community as a judge. From October to December 1918, he was briefly a soldier in the coast artillery.

Smith was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1926 and 1928 he sat in the council of Hoquiam. Thereafter he served until 1930 as mayor of this place. In the congressional elections of 1932, he was the third election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of the Republican Albert Johnson on March 3, 1933. Smith's election victory was at that time in the national trend, which showed the Democratic Party clearly on the upswing. The highlight of this development was the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as U.S. president. After four elections Smith could pass in Congress until January 3, 1943 five legislative sessions. From 1939 to 1943 he was Chairman of the Pension Committee. In the 1930s, most of the New Deal legislation of the Federal Government were passed in Congress. Since 1941 the work of the House of Representatives was determined by the events of the Second World War. In 1936, Smith was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, was nominated to the President Roosevelt for the second time as a presidential candidate.

In the 1942 elections Smith was defeated by Republican Fred B. Norman. In 1943 and 1944 he was a member of the Immigration Consultation Committee of the Ministry of Justice. Smith unsuccessfully sought in 1944 to be nominated for election to the U.S. Senate. Since 1944 until his death in 1954 he was Special Advisor to the Ministry of Justice. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.