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Lawrence J. Smith Papers

Identifier: SPC501

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal letters and documents from Lawrence J. Smith, a former United States House of Representative from Florida. Some of these letters relate directly to Middle-East policy before and after the 1991 Persian Gulf War, such as sells of arms to Kuwait, and actions of sanctions against Iraq for its attack on Israel. Additional documents and letters depict policy towards Soviet and Central and South American immigration, NRA policy, and enforcement/crackdown of illegal narcotics.


  • Created: 1983-1992


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Lawrence J. Smith was born on April 25, 1941, and was a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida. He attended New York University in New York City from 1958 to 1961, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1964. From 1974 until 1978, he was chairman of the Hollywood Planning and Zoning Board and from 1978 until 1982, he served in the Florida House of Representatives 96th district. In the following election, he served in Florida’s 16th District as part of the Florida House of Representatives from 1983-1993.


27.00 boxes

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The contents are arranged in chronological order.

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Repository Details

Part of the Florida International University Repository

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