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Ralph Tyler Smith

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Ralph Tyler Smith, American senator. member Illinois House of Representatives, 1955-1969, majority whip, 1963, speaker of house, 1967-1969; member United States Senate from Illinois, 1969-1970.; Served with United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946.; Member American, Illinois, Madison County Alton, Wood River bar associations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion.

Background

Smith, Ralph Tyler was born on October 6, 1915 in Granite City. Son of Alfred Thomas and Clara (Slattery) Smith.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Illinois College, 1937. Juris Doctor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1940.

Career

1 daughter, Sharon Lynne. Director Greater Alton (Illinois) Association Commerce, 1964-1966. Chairman of the Board Bank of Alton, 1969-1972.

Delegate Illinois Republican Convention, 1954-1969. Member Illinois House of Representatives, 1955-1969, majority whip, 1963, speaker of house, 1967-1969. Delegate, parliamentarian Illinois Republican Conference, 1966.

Delegate Republican National Convention, 1968. Downstate campaign manager Carpentier for government Illinois, 1964, Ogilvie for government Illinois, 1968. Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1969-1970.

Membership

Member Illinois House of Representatives, 1955-1969, majority whip, 1963, speaker of house, 1967-1969. Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1969-1970. Served with United States Navy Reserve, 1942-1946.

Member American, Illinois, Madison County Alton, Wood River bar associations, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion.

Connections

Married Mary Elizabeth Anderson, October 23, 1942.

father:
Alfred Thomas Smith

mother:
Clara (Slattery) Smith

spouse:
Mary Elizabeth Anderson