On December 9, 1881, William Henry Smith (1833-1903) was named the librarian for the U.S. House of Representatives. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Smith held this position until his retirement in 1891. William Henry Smith passed away on November 16, 1903 in Washington, D.C.
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