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David Elmer Smiley

David Elmer Smiley, American broadcasting executive.

Background

  • Smiley, David Elmer was born on March 10, 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Thomas and Isabel (Gibson) Smiley.

  • Education

    • Central Manual Training High School, Philadelphia. Read law in private office. Doctor of Humanities, University of Tampa.

    Career

    • And legislative correspondent, city editor, editorial writer, various Philadelphia newspapers. Joined Public Ledger, 1906, and was city editor, 1910-1912. Editorial writer and dramatic editor Evening Bulletin, 1912-1916.

      Managing editor Public Ledger, 1916-1918. Editor-in-chief Evening Public Ledger, 1918-1922. Editor-in-chief all editions of Public Ledger, 1923-1926.

      Also editor-in-chief of New York Evening Post, 1924-1926, and of The Illustrated Sun, Philadelphia, from its inception, May 1925 to November 1926. General manager North American Newspaper Alliance, 1927-1930. Publisher United States Navy Review.

      Incorporated, 1931-1932. President and publisher Tampa (Florida) Daily Times, 1933-1958. Chairman of the Board of radio station WDAE. Charter member and chairman membership committee American Society Newspaper Editors, 1922 (director 1923-1927.

      Vice president 1926). Board trustees, University of Tampa. Member board Florida Fair and Gasparilla Association.

      Elected honorary member Tampa and Hillsborough County bar associations, 1940. Member of the Board of Governors Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 1941-1946. Member Executive Committee Economic Development committee of Hillsborough County.

      Republican for State of Florida of newspaper advisory council. Office of Censorship, 1942-1945. Member board directors Associate Dailies of Florida, 1940-1947, president 1943-1946.

      President The Smileys in America Family Association. Admitted to bar Philadelphia courts and Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1906.

    Membership

    Membership committee American Society Newspaper. Member board Florida Fair and Gasparilla Association. Member Tampa and Hillsborough County bar associations, 1940.

    Member of the Board of Governors Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 1941-1946. Member Executive Committee Economic Development committee of Hillsborough County. Republican for State of Florida of newspaper advisory council.

    Office of Censorship, 1942-1945. Member board directors Associate Dailies of Florida, 1940-1947, president 1943-1946. President The Smileys in America Family Association.

    ; Clubs: Rotary. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, University, Tampa Yacht and Country.

    Connections

    • Married to Mary Fletcher, April. Children: David E., Edith, Joseph F. Began as reporter, 1897, later copy reader, political.
    • father: Thomas Smiley
    • mother: Isabel (Gibson) Smiley
    • spouse: to Mary Fletcher
    • children: David E. Smiley
    • Edith Smiley
    • Joseph F. Began as reporter Smiley
    • 1897 Smiley
    • later copy reader Smiley
    • polit Smiley
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    Born March 10, 1879
    Died October 27, 1960
    (aged 81)
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