SMITH, Henry P., III (1911-1995)

SMITH, HENRY P., III, a Representative from New York; born in North Tonawanda, Niagara County, N.Y., September 29, 1911; attended the public schools and the Nichols School of Buffalo; graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1933; graduated from Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, N.Y., 1936; was admitted to the bar in 1936 and practiced law in Ithaca, until 1941 and then in North Tonawanda; mayor of North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1961-1963; appointment as Niagara County, N.Y., judge, surrogate and family court judge, 1961; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1975); was not a candidate for reelection to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974; chairman, U.S. section, International Joint Commission, United States and Canada, 1975-1978; executive director and chairman, Association to Unite the Democracies; died on October 1, 1995, in Washington, D.C.

Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: ca. 1966-1978, 122.1 cubic feet.
The papers of Henry P. Smith III are from his terms as a United States Congressman from New York State. Included are transcripts of interviews, correspondence, requests for information, legislation, press clippings, voting records, inter-office memos, subject files, records of committees, and related records. Subjects include armed forces, crime, education, pollution, poverty, taxes, Vietnam War, agriculture, civil rights, drug abuse, and other issues. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


Historical Society of the Tonawandas
Tonawanda, NY
Papers: 1904-1963, 33 volumes.
The collection consists of 33 scrapbooks of Judge Henry P. Smith III.

Papers: In the Famous People File, 1830-1981, 3 cubic feet.
Original documents, including letters, accounts, contracts, tax receipts, and clippings concerning famous people from Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, including Congressman Henry P. Smith.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress.
Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Henry P. Smith, 3d, Republican Representative from New York. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.