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Wint Smith
Wint Smith (Kansas Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byFrank Carlson
Succeeded byBob Dole
Personal details
Born(1892-10-07)October 7, 1892
Mankato, Kansas
DiedApril 27, 1976(1976-04-27) (aged 83)
Wichita, Kansas
Political partyRepublican

Wint Smith (October 7, 1892 – April 27, 1976) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas from 1947 to 1961.


Born in Mankato, Kansas, Smith attended a public school and graduated from Mankato High School. During the First World War he served in the United States Army as a combat infantry officer from May 11, 1917, to September 4, 1919, with twenty-four months' service overseas. He attended the University of Kansas in 1920 and the Yale Law School in 1922. He was admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in Kansas City, Kansas. He was admitted to practice in all federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court in 1934. From 1931 to 1940 he served as assistant attorney general and he was attorney for the Kansas Highway Commission from 1932 to 1940.

In 1933, the Kansas Legislature authorized the Highway Commission to hire 10 motor vehicle inspectors, increasing this number to 26 by November 1933. The legislation authorizing these inspectors charged them with the duty to patrol state highways as much as possible. In 1935, Governor Alfred Landon issued orders to the inspectors to "curb banditry" as far as the law would permit. With Landon's support, and statewide police jurisdiction, the inspectors' war on crime began.

Wint Smith, as chief of the legal department of the Highway Commission, served as director of the motor vehicle inspectors until the formation of the Kansas Highway Patrol in 1937.

During the Second World War, from May 1941 to December 1945, he served as lieutenant colonel and was the commanding officer of the 635th Tank Destroyer Battalion, with twenty-two months' service overseas. When he retired, he was promoted to brigadier general. He later resumed the practicing of law.

Smith was elected as a Republican to the 80th United States Congress and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961). Smith voted against the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960.[1][2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress and was succeeded by fellow Republican Robert J. Dole of Russell. He subsequently returned to his home in Mankato and engaged in farming and ranching.

He died in Wichita, Kansas, April 27, 1976. He was interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, Kansas.


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  2. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frank Carlson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bob Dole

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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