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Governor Nels H. Smith

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Office Dates:  Jan 02, 1939 - Jan 04, 1943

Born:  Aug 27, 1884

Passed:  Jul 05, 1976

Birth State:  South Dakota

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Marie Christensen; two children

School(s):  University of South Dakota

NELS H. SMITH was born in Gayville, South Dakota and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1904 with a bachelor of arts degree. He moved to Wyoming in 1907, ranching and stock breeding with his brother. He was a member of the Wyoming Highway Commission and the state legislature. In his term as governor, Smith instituted programs leading to the abolition of the state property tax and encouraged the construction of farm-to-market roads. After being defeated in his bid for reelection to a second term, he returned to ranching and stock breeding. He died in Spearfish, South Dakota a the age of ninety-one.


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Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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