Smith, Sr., Gomer | 1953
- Birth and Death Year | 1896 - 1953
- Induction Year | 1953
- Profession | U.S. Congressman
- Oklahoma Connection | Smith came to Oklahoma City around 1918 as a lawyer.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
In 1934 Gomer Smith was running in the race to become governor of Oklahoma and came to a fork in the road along a highway near the state border. “We must have taken a wrong turn…we approached a nice looking town and drew a good crowd as I started to speak…about half way through one of the fellows came up and whispered, ‘Migosh, Gomer, we’re in Texas.’”
“Old Gomer had a political following that was never large enough to elect him to a statewide office but always large enough to scare the pants off the other politicians.” - Bob McMillan
Gomer Smith, Sr. was born in Missouri, graduated from Rockingham Academy in Kansas City and was admitted to practice law in 1918. Known as Oklahoma’s “perennial candidate,” he was only successful once at his bid for public office in 1937 and once introduced a resolution into Congress seeking a constitutional amendment to prevent drunkenness in the U.S. and all its territories. But it was as a trial lawyer that Gomer Smith was famous across the state. Described as one who could “roar until reluctant witnesses felt like crawling under a convenient table…or woo a jury like a Hindu snake charmer,” Smith worked tirelessly in helping secure a “fair shake” for old age pensioners and for the establishment of sound laws governing organized labor.