SMITH, Benjamin A. II (1916-1991)

SMITH, BENJAMIN A. II, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Gloucester, Essex County, Mass., March 26, 1916; attended Gloucester public schools and graduated from Governor Dummer Academy; graduated from Harvard University in 1939; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with service in the Pacific Theater 1941-1945; president of Merchants Box Factory, Cape Ann Fisheries, Inc., United Fisheries Co., Gloucester By-Products, Inc., and Gloucester Community Pier Association, Inc.; mayor of Gloucester, Mass., 1954-1955; appointed on December 27, 1960, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John F. Kennedy and served from December 27, 1960, to November 6, 1962, when a duly elected successor was chosen; was not a candidate for election to fill the vacancy in 1962; lived in Gloucester, Mass., until his death on September 26, 1991; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: 1962. 1 letter.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1960-1962. 52 cubic feet. Senate records including outgoing correspondence, constituent case files, press releases, military and veteran files, immigration and private bill files, military service academy applications, subject files, political files, and photographs. Open in part.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1962. 4 items.