Howard W. Smith

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Howard Worth Smith (February 2, 1883 - October 3, 1976) was a representative from Virginia from 1921-1967. He was an important member of the Conservative Coalition and chairman of the House Rules Committee. But like Richard Russell and Carl Vinson of Georgia, he was a racist Southern Democrat who opposed civil rights bills supported by Republicans. He also notably supported the liberal Equal Rights Amendment, which conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly were opposed to.[1] Initially, he was in favor of the New Deal.

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