SMITH, Ralph Tyler (1915-1972)

SMITH, RALPH TYLER, a Senator from Illinois; born in Granite City, Madison County, Ill., October 6, 1915; attended public schools in Granite City; graduated from Illinois College at Jacksonville in 1937 and from Washington University Law School at St. Louis in 1940; admitted to the bar in 1940 and commenced practice in Granite City; enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve immediately after Pearl Harbor, ordered to active duty in July 1942, commissioned an ensign in October 1942 and served until January 1946; resumed the practice of law in Alton, Ill., in 1946; elected to the Illinois general assembly in 1954, and was reelected for seven succeeding terms; majority whip in 1963; elected speaker in 1967 and reelected in 1969; appointed on September 17, 1969, as a Republican to fill the vacancy in the United States Senate created by the death of Everett M. Dirksen and served from September 17, 1969, to November 16, 1970; unsuccessful candidate for election to fill the unexpired term in 1970; resumed the practice of law; died in Alton, Ill., August 13, 1972; interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Edwardsville, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1969-1971. 100.8 cubic feet. Correspondence, public laws, public documents, speeches, news releases, appointments files, subject files, and publications resulting from senatorial service. Includes correspondence with constituents, government officials, and other legislators; transcripts, memos, correspondence and other material pertaining to the Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Commerce, Finance, Foreign Relations, Government Operations, Judiciary, Labor and Public Welfare, Post Office and Civil Service, and Public Works committees, and Select Committee on Small Business and Special Committee on Aging.

Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: Ca. 30 items.

University of Virginia
Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Correspondence in Hugh Scott papers, 1925-1983. Finding aid.