This collection contains a number of newspaper clippings and a few personal papers of Senator William Alden Smith. From newspapers around the country - both national and local, the former almost exclusively relate to the senator's career in the United States legislature. A significant minority of the clippings also tracks news about his possible run for president in 1915-1916. Finally, a few constituent letters and a copy of Smith's guest book are also present. Smith was born in 1859 and moved with his parents to Grand Rapids in 1872. He studied law and practiced in Grand Rapids. He was elected six times to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1895-1907. He was then elected to the Senate where he served from 1907-1919. He was known for being a critic of the Wilson administration and stayed very involved locally. He owned the Lowell-Hastings Railroad as well as the Grand Rapids Herald.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.