Member Biography

William Wallace Smith 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1915-1916       8 Republican
1917-1918       8 Republican

COUNTIES: Philadelphia  


04/05/1871 - 08/27/1917

William Wallace Smith (R8) Philadelphia (Part) 1914-1917

Early Life:

William Wallace Smith, born April 5 , 1871, Philadelphia , Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of William Burns Smith; public school education; Nazareth Hill Academy, 1887; employment, hardware merchants, J. B. Shannon and Sons; engaged, Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company, 1889-1899; captain, Pennsylvania National Guard, 1888-1892; professional baseball umpire, National League Clubs, 1899-1900; associated with his father -in -law, Thomas Johnson, engaged, in the business of printing specialties for the textile trade, 1901-1905; president, Lynwood Manufacturing Company; served one term on the Philadelphia School Board, Twenty - eighth district, and for twenty-one years as a member of the Twenty-eighth , Thirty -eighth and Forty - third Ward Executive Committees ; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1914-1917; died, in office,  August 27 , 1917, throat affection Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; interment, Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Enlisted, Company A, First Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, private, 1888-1889, elected second lieutenant, Company C, Third Regiment Infantry, 1890, elected Captain of Company G, Third Regiment Infantry, from which he resigned, 1892.

Umpired, National League, 114 games, 1899-1900.

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

Member, Masonic bodies and other patriotic, fraternal and trade organizations and political clubs to the number of forty – seven.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1914-1917; committee assignments, Appropriations, Judiciary Special, Library, Military Affairs, Public Grounds and Buildings, Public Health and Sanitation; chairman Public Printing.


Father, William Burns Smith, 74th Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1884-1887.


The Pennsylvania Manual, (1918). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1084, 1097, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1064.

Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Tuesday, August 28, 1917, page 3.