Smith Wildman Brookhart


Smith Wildman Brookhart Famous memorial

Arbela, Scotland County, Missouri, USA
Death 15 Nov 1944 (aged 75)
Whipple, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 7145133 View Source

US Senator. He was educated at Southern Iowa Normal School with an emphasis in scientific courses. For five years he taught school while also reading the law. He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and began practice in Washington Co, Iowa, serving six years as county attorney. He served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War and World War I, where he reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and was renowned for his marksmanship with a rifle. He was twice elected to represent Iowa in the United States Senate, in 1922 and in 1926. As a rifle instructor for the Iowa National Guard, he concluded that alcohol and guns were incompatible. He quantified the accuracy harms associated with mild beer, saying it lowered accuracy by 7%. With that information, he convinced the Governor of Iowa to make the rifle range "bone dry." After Brookhart’s time in the U.S. Senate, he was a special advisor on Soviet trade for the federal government until 1935. After leaving government service, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Smith Wildman Brookhart (2 Feb 1869–15 Nov 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7145133, citing Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .