Frank L. Smith

Frank L. Smith returns to his hometown of Dwight, Ill. on Jan. 24, 1927, after being refused a seat in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000134" title="U.S. Senate" href="/topic/politics/government/u.s.-senate-ORGOV0000134.topic">U.S. Senate</a>. Smith, a former congressman and chairman of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100500000000" title="Illinois" href="/topic/us/illinois-PLGEO100100500000000.topic">Illinois</a> Commerce Commission, was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by then-Illinois Gov. Len Small, after the death of incumbent Sen. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT004384" title="William McKinley" href="/topic/politics/william-mckinley-PEPLT004384.topic">William McKinley</a>. But Smith had been accused by Senate officials of accepting $125,000 in campaign money from Samuel Insull, the powerful owner several public utilities, while Smith was the chair of the ICC. Accepting such a contribution while acting as the ICC chair was a violation of Illinois law. Although he was never officially charged with a crime, the U.S. Senate voted 61-23 that Smith was not entitled to his Senate seat.
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Frank L. Smith returns to his hometown of Dwight, Ill. on Jan. 24, 1927, after being refused a seat in the U.S. Senate. Smith, a former congressman and chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by then-Illinois Gov. Len Small, after the death of incumbent Sen. William McKinley. But Smith had been accused by Senate officials of accepting $125,000 in campaign money from Samuel Insull, the powerful owner several public utilities, while Smith was the chair of the ICC. Accepting such a contribution while acting as the ICC chair was a violation of Illinois law. Although he was never officially charged with a crime, the U.S. Senate voted 61-23 that Smith was not entitled to his Senate seat.

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