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Albert Lee Smith Jr.
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by John Hall Buchanan, Jr.
Succeeded by Ben Erdreich
Personal details
Born (1931-08-31)August 31, 1931
Birmingham, Alabama
Died August 12, 1997(1997-08-12) (aged 65)
Birmingham, Alabama
Resting place Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham
Political party Republican
Alma mater Auburn University
Occupation Insurance agent
Religion Christian
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy

Albert Lee Smith Jr. (August 31, 1931 – August 12, 1997) was an Alabama politician who represented the 6th district in the United States House of Representatives during the 97th Congress (1981–1983).

Early life

Smith was born in 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended public schools in Jefferson County and graduated from Ramsay High School before he enrolled at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn in 1954 and entered the United States Navy. He worked thereafter as an insurance agent before entering political life.[1]

Politics

Smith was elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968, 1972, and 1984. In 1978, Smith challenged 12-term Republican John Hall Buchanan, Jr. in the primary for the Birmingham-based 6th District. Buchanan was one of the more moderate Republicans in the House, and Smith ran well to his right. Smith lost fairly handily, but took another run at Buchanan in 1980. With support from conservative Christian activists, Smith defeated Buchanan by a surprising 10-point margin. He then narrowly defeated Democrat Pete Clifford by three points.

Smith served only one term before being defeated by Democratic Jefferson County commissioner Ben Erdreich. To date, Smith is the last Republican congressman to be unseated by a Democrat in Alabama.

In 1984, Smith unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Howell Heflin.

Private life

With his wife Eunie, Smith had three children and six grandchildren. In 2016, following the death of Phyllis Schlafly, his widow Eunie Smith became President of the conservative campaign group Eagle Forum.[2]

Later life

Smith remained active in a variety of conservative political causes until his death in 1997 at the age of sixty-five. He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

References

  1. SMITH, Albert Lee Jr. – Biographical Information
  2. Eunie Smith bio at eagleforum.org, accessed October 30, 2017

External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Hall Buchanan Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

1981–1983
Succeeded by
Ben Erdreich

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