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Smith Wildman Brookhart

United States Senator

Smith W. Brookhart, American ex-senator. member firm S. W. & J. L. Brookhart, farmers; Member Farmers’ Union, Farm Bureau, American Legion, Spanish-American War Veterans, National Rifle Association Knights of Pythias.; Club: Commercial.


Brookhart, Smith W. was born on February 2, 1869 in Scotland County, Missouri, United States. Son of Abram Colar and Cynthia (Wildman) Brookhart.


Educated country schools and ½ year in high school and Southern Iowa Normal School, Bloomfield, Iowa. Studied law in offices of Payne & Sowers, Bloomfield, and Wherry & Walker, Keosauqua, Iowa.


Admitted to bar of Iowa in Supreme Court, 1892. Served in Iowa National Guard, 1894 until World War, except about five years. Spanish-American War, Second Lieutenant- 50 Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry.

Mexico Border, Major, First Iowa Brigade. World War, Major and Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry. Chief Instructor in Marksmanship in Camp Perry and Camp Benning Schools.

CaptAmer. Palma Rifle Team, 1912, winning world championship. Elected President, National Rifle Association of American, four terms. Served as Company Attorney, Washington Company, Iowa, three terms.

Chairman, Republican State Convention in 1912. Elected to the United States Senate in 1922 to fill unexpired term of Honorary William S. Kenyon, resigned. Re-elected 1924, for term of six years, beginning March 1925, having received certificate of election certified by Executive Council of State of Iowa, which showed his election.

But notwithstanding, the Senate of the United States disregarded the Iowa election laws and seated his Democrat opponent on April 1926, after a prolonged contest. He immediately entered Republican primaries as opponent of Senator A. B. Cummins and defeated him, 1926. Elected 1926 for term beginning March 1927-1933.


  • Author: Rifle Training in War, 1918. Rifle Training for War, 1920.


Member firm S. W. & J. L. Brookhart, farmers. Member Farmers’ Union, Farm Bureau, American Legion, Spanish-American War Veterans, National Rifle Association Knights of Pythias. Club: Commercial.


Married Jennie Hearne, of Keosauqua, June 22, 1897. Children: Charles E., John R., Smith W., Florence H., Edith A., Joseph W. Teacher, country and high schools.

Abram Colar Brookhart

Cynthia (Wildman) Brookhart

Jennie Hearne

Charles E. Brookhart

John R. Brookhart

Smith W. Brookhart

Florence H. Brookhart

Edith A. Brookhart

Joseph W. Teacher Brookhart

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