Smith, Preston, 1912-

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Born in 1912 in Williamson County, Texas, E. Preston Smith moved with his family to a farm 14 miles west of Lamesa in 1923. He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1930 and received his B.B.A. from Texas Technological College in 1934. Smith married Ima Smith in 1935 and the two became parents of two children. In 1944, Smith was elected to the Texas House of Representatives where he served three terms. He moved to the Texas Senate in 1956, and served three terms there as well.

In 1962 Smith was elected Lieutenant Governor, and in 1968, Preston Smith was elected the Governor of Texas. His professional accomplishments include the establishment of more state universities and medical and dental facilities; the implementation of the Criminal Justice Council for the prevention of crime; the initiation of the first comprehensive drug abuse program; an Early Childhood Development Program; and the establishment of the Texas Urban Development Commission. The Smiths returned in 1973 to Lubbock, where Preston is active in banking, real estate, and oil and gas interests.

From the guide to the E. Preston Smith Papers, S 937. 1., 1930-1975 and undated, (Texas Tech University, )

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referencedIn Sewell, James C. (James Carroll), 1912-1976. James C. Sewell papers, 1950-1972. University of Texas at Arlington, Central Library
referencedIn Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection 88-119, 88-016, 88-197, 88-216., 1925-1984 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn University of Texas at Austin. College of Education. Oral History of Education Records, 1948-1983 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Subject files, 1966-1973, (bulk 1970-1971) University of Texas at Austin. General Libraries
creatorOf E. Preston Smith Papers, S 937. 1., 1930-1975 and undated Texas Tech University,Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
referencedIn Board of Regents Records, U 30. 10., 1930-1993 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn Oral History of Education Records 84-159., 1948-1983 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Hale, L. DeWitt, 1917-. Oral history interview with L. DeWitt Hale, 1967 December 19. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Biography -- Smith, Preston. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Smith, Preston, 1912-. Preston Smith : commercials, 1968-1972. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
referencedIn Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material, 1955-2003 Texas State Archives
referencedIn Hardeman, Dorsey B. Papers, 1800-1973. Texas Tech University Libraries, Academic Library
referencedIn W. D. Dub, Rogers Jr. Papers, S 1253. 1., 1949-1990 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn President's Office Records, U 147. 43., 1984-1994 Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn Allred, David, 1933-1996. Oral history interview with David Allred, 1970 March 17. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn James C. Sewell Papers AR132., 1950-1972 Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library
referencedIn Warren Skaaren Papers TXRC95-A94., 1946-1991, (bulk 1970-1990) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Governmental Relations Records, U 235. 1., 1967-1989 and undated Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University,
referencedIn Greer, Dewitt Carlock. Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection, 1925-1984 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Cahoon, Frank Kell, 1934-. Oral history interview with Frank Kell Cahoon, 1967 October 24. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Ray Farabee Papers, 1836-1987, 2009 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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associatedWith Sewell, James C. (James Carroll), 1912-1976 person
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Legislators--Texas
Advertising, political
Education and state--Texas
Political corruption--Texas
Radio advertising
Governors--Texas
Savings and loan associations
Television advertising
Education--Texas
Bank fraud--Texas
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