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Cyrus Rowlett Smith

Cyrus Rowlett Smith, business executive. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Air Medal United States; Commander Order British Empire; named to Aviation Hall of Fame, 1974; Business Hall of Fame, 1975; recipient Wright Brothers award, Billy Mitchell award. Served from colonel to major general United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945; deputy Commander Air Transport Command 1942-1945. Member of Metropolitan (Washington).

Background

  • Smith, Cyrus Rowlett was born on September 9, 1899 in Minerva, Texas, United States. Son of Roy Edgerton and Marion (Burck) Smith.

  • Education

    • Student, University Texas, 1924.

    Career

    • Public accountant Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Company, Dallas, 1924-1926. Assistant treasurer Texas-Louisiana Power Company, Fort Worth, 1926-1928. Vice president Texas Air Transport, Inc., 1929-1930, American Airways, Inc., St. Louis, Fort Worth, 1930-1933, American Airlines, Inc., Fort Worth, 1934, president New York City, Chicago, 1934-1942, chairman board, 1946-1968, chairman, chief executive officer, 1973-1974.

      United States secretary commerce, 1968-1969. Partner Lazard Freres & Company, 1969-1973.

    Politics

    Racism is sin because it disregards the image of God in all people and denies the truth of the Gospel that believers are all one in Him.

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    God never intended nor desired for a single person to go to Hell. Sin caused a separation between God and man, and that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only bridge to cross from death to life. This bridge, however, is accessible by anyone at anytime.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    The strong feature of Baptism is the role of local people take for the fabric of church buildings and manses and for the handling of money.

    Membership

    Served from colonel to major general United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945. Deputy Commander Air Transport Command 1942-1945. Member of Metropolitan (Washington).

    Connections

    • Married Elizabeth L. Manget, December 29, 1934 (divorced). 1 child, Douglas Manget.
    Cyrus Rowlett Smith
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    Born September 9, 1899
    Died April 4, 1990
    (aged 90)
    • 1924
      University Texas
    • 1924 - 1926
      Public accountant, Peat
      Dallas, Texas, United States
    • 1926 - 1928
      assistant, treasurer Texas-Louisiana Power Company
      Fort Worth, Texas, United States
    • 1929 - 1930
      vice president, Texas Air Transport
    • 1930 - 1933
      vice president, Texas Air Transport
      Fort Worth, Texas, United States
    • 1934
      vice president, Texas Air Transport
      Fort Worth, Texas, United States
    • 1968 - 1969
      United States secretary, commerce
    • 1969 - 1973
      partner, Lazard Freres & Company
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