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Biography

CLYDE HAROLD SMITH was born on a farm near Harmony, Somerset County, Maine, June 9, 1876; moved with his parents to Hartland, Maine, in 1891; attended the rural schools and Hartland (Maine) Academy; taught school; served in the State house of representatives 1899-1903 and 1919-1923; engaged in the retail clothing and hardware business in 1901; superintendent of schools of Hartland 1903– 1906; member of the Board of Selectmen of Hartland 19041907; moved to Skowhegan, Maine, having been elected sheriff of Somerset County, and served from 1905 to 1909; engaged in the retail sales of automobiles, the hardware and plumbing business, and the newspaper publishing business in Skowhegan; later engaged in banking and the real-estate business; member of the Board of Selectmen of Skowhegan 19141932; chairman of the board of directors for locating and building the State reformatory for women in 1917; served in the State senate 1923-1929; chairman of the State highway commission 1928-1932; member of the Governor's council 1933-1937; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his death in Washington, D. C., April 8, 1940; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Hartland, Maine.

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