Member Biography

Raymond Ernest Smith 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1915-1916       50 Washington
1917-1918       50 Washington

COUNTIES: Mercer, Crawford  


08/15/1878 - 12/27/1959

Raymond Ernest Smith (Washington50) Crawford and Mercer Counties, 1915-1918

Early Life: 

Raymond Ernest Smith, born August 15, 1878, Guys Mills, Randolph Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; son of Hiram Clark and Sarah Jane Wykoff Smith; public school education; Edinboro State College; Allegheny College, Meadville; Army, Spanish American War, 1898-1899; pursued farming, engaged, lumber business; member, Randolph School Board, three years; president, Randolph School Board, 1908; founder, Mount Hope Grange, No.1473, 1911; elected, Washington, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1915-1918; married, Caroline Elizabeth Graham Smith, 1901, (d.1955), Maude Bell Harbst Smith, married, 1956, (d.1959) Sylva Hannah Graham Lupher Smith, 12.02.1959; 5 daughters, 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; member, Selective Service Board, 1941-1945; died, December 27, 1959, (aged 81), Spencer Hospital, Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, interment, Mount Hope Cemetery, Mount Hope, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Army, Spanish American War, 1898, Company B, 15th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry; mustered out with regiment, honorable discharge, Athens Georgia, January 31, 1899.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Mount Hope Methodist Church; member Spanish American War Veterans, Sons American Revolution. 

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Washington, Pennsylvania State Senate, 50th district, Crawford and Mercer Counties, 1915-1918; committee assignments, Agriculture, Canals and Inland Navigation, Education, Federal Relations, Forestry, Judicial Apportionment, Library, New Counties and County Seats, Public Printing, Public Supply of Light, Heat and Water.   


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members S"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1918). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1085, 1097, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1063.

The News-Herald (Franklin, Pennsylvania) Monday, December 28, 1959, page 2.

Raymond Ernest Smith (1878-1959) - Find a Grave Memorial