Peter Plympton Smith

Peter Plympton Smith ( born October 31, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American politician. He represented the state of Vermont in the U.S. House of Representatives and was its vice- governor.


Peter Smith was born in Boston but grew up in Burlington ( Vermont). There he attended the public schools. Then he studied until 1964 at the Phillips Academy in Andover (Massachusetts ). This was followed by studies at Princeton University and Harvard University. There he graduated in 1968 or 1970. Thereafter Smith began to act even in the teaching profession. In 1970 he became director of an educational institution (Education facility ) in Montpelier. He was the founder and from 1970 to 1978 the first President of the Community College of Vermont. In the 1970s and 1980s, he held other offices in the education of his homeland.

Politically, Smith was a member of the Republican Party. In 1978 he ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. After he had beaten his party colleague and former incumbent T. Garry Buckley in the Republican primary, but he lost his democratic Madeleine M. Kunin female opponent. Between 1981 and 1982 he was a member of the Senate of Vermont, where his father, Frederick P. Smith had been sitting; 1983-1986 he served as Deputy Governor of the state. In 1986, he ran unsuccessfully for the office of governor: He defeated the Democratic incumbent Madeleine M. Kunin. Later he headed from 1987 to 1988 the Norwich University.

1988 Smith was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jim Jeffords on January 3, 1989. Since he was defeated in the elections of 1990, Bernie Sanders, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1991. Between 1991 and 1994, Smith was Dean of the Faculty of Education and human development at George Washington University in Washington. In 1995, he was the founder and first president until 2005 of the California State University, Monterey Bay in Seaside. After that, he was one of the deputy directors of UNESCO. Since 1995 he lives in Marina, California.