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William Orlando Smith

William Orlando Smith, American congressman, editor. member Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1889-1897; member Congress, 27th Pennsylvania district, 1903-1907.

Background

  • Smith, William Orlando was born on June 13, 1859 in Reynoldsville, Jefferson Company, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Sprague and Susan Smith.

  • Education

    • Public school education.

    Career

    • Worked at Government printing office, Washington, 6 years. Was one of company of union printers to establish Washington Craftsman (organ International Typographical Union). Was its first associate editor.

      Returned to native county, 1884, and successively edited the Punxsutawney Tribune and Punxsutawney Spirit. Member Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1889-1897. During summer and fall of 1892 edited Bradford, Pennsylvania, Daily Era.

      Purchased half interest, 1893, and now editor Punxsutawney Spirit. Member Congress, 27th Pennsylvania district, 1903-1907.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Member Pennsylvania General Assembly, 1889-1897. Member Congress, 27th Pennsylvania district, 1903-1907.

    Connections

    • Married February, 1880, Phebe Griggs, Martinsville, Indiana.
    • father: John Sprague
    • mother: Susan Smith
    • spouse: February
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    Born June 13, 1859
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