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politician , Governor of West Virginia

Hulett Carlson Smith, American former governor. Named Outstanding Young Man of Year, West Virginia Junior Chamber of C., 1948. Member of Society Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, West Virginia Junior Chamber of C. (life), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Delta Theta.

Background

Smith, Hulett Carlson was born on October 21, 1918 in Beckley, West Virginia, United States. Son of Joe L. and Christine Carlson Smith.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University Pennsylvania Wharton School, 1938. Graduate, Beckley College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Concord College.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Beckley College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), West Virginia University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Marshall University.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Davis & Elkins College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), West Virginia Wesleyan College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs (honorary), Bethany College. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), West Virginia State College.

Career

Following his graduation from the Wharton School, Smith worked in the insurance business and at his family's radio station. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant, and ultimately became a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Active in community service and civic affairs, he served as president of The West Virginia Junior Chamber of Commerce (1949–1950).

He was the chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party from 1956 to 1962. During this time Smith co-founded Bald Knob Ski Slopes, the predecessor to Winterplace Ski Resort. He was elected Governor in 1964 and served for one term.

Due to term limits in place at that time, he was unable to run for a second term in 1968. After his term as Governor, Smith served as a Presidential elector in 1992. He was also on the slate of George McGovern's electors in 1972.

In 1968, Smith responded to the bombing of the gymnasium at Bluefield State College by offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to conviction of the culprits. Smith died in at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 93.

Membership

Member of Society Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, West Virginia Junior Chamber of C. (life), Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Delta Theta.

Connections

Married Nancy Pat Harrison Lewis. Children: Carolyn Tieche, Alice Christine, Paul Luther Updyke, Weston Mark(deceased), Susan Elaine Chapman, Hulett Carlson Junior(deceased).

father:
Joe L.

mother:
Christine Carlson Smith

spouse:
Nancy Pat Harrison Lewis

children:
Carolyn Tieche Smith

Alice Christine Smith

Paul Luther Updyke Smith

Weston Mark Smith (deceased)

Susan Elaine Chapman Smith

Hulett Carlson Junior Smith (deceased)