Edward Parsons Smith

Edward Parsons Smith (September 30, 1860 – May 21, 1930) was the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska from 1918 to 1921.

Edward Parsons Smith
Edward Parsons Smith (Omaha Mayor).jpg
From Volume 2 (1917) of Omaha: The Gate City, and Douglas County, Nebraska
32nd Mayor of Omaha
In office
Preceded byJames C. Dahlman
Succeeded byJames C. Dahlman
Personal details
Born(1860-09-30)September 30, 1860
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
DiedMay 21, 1930(1930-05-21) (aged 69)
Omaha, Nebraska
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Margaret Wertman (m. 1883)
Alma materUniversity of Iowa College of Law


Smith was born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa on September 30, 1860, and was a son of Edward Smith and Celia (Schockley) Smith.[1] He attended the local schools and graduated from Mount Pleasant's Howe's Academy.[1] He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with an LL.B. degree in 1885, and was admitted to the bar.[1] Smith relocated to Seward, Nebraska in the summer of 1885, and established a law practice that specialized in interstate commerce.[1] He moved to Omaha in 1890 and continued to practice law.[1]

In addition to his law practice, Smith was active in several businesses.[1] He was the attorney for the Omaha Grain Exchange, of which he was also a board of directors member.[1] In addition, Smith was vice president of the Omaha Cooperage Company, and served on its board of directors.[1]

Mayor of OmahaEdit

A Democrat,[1] Smith ran for mayor in 1918 and beat incumbent Mayor "Cowboy" Jim Dahlman on a reform ticket aiming to defeat Tom Dennison's political machine, which at that point had run Omaha for at least 15 years. Dennison's displeasure with Smith's morality stance was frequently voiced, and took shape in the Omaha Race Riot of 1919. During that riot Smith was strung up and almost lynched by a mob.[2] After being rescued by Omaha Police detectives, he was taken to Omaha's Ford Hospital. Smith's political interest never returned.

Death and burialEdit

He died in Omaha on May 21, 1930.[3] and was buried in Section 23, Lot 186 of Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha.[4]


In November, 1883 Smith married Margaret Wertman of Greenfield, Iowa.[1] They were the parents of Ida B. Smith, Lisle W. Smith, and Edward Esher Smith.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Wakeley, Arthur Cooper (1917). Omaha: The Gate City, and Douglas County, Nebraska. 2. Chicago, IL: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. p. 448-451.
  2. ^ Lesson Plans for Omaha Race Riot of 1919 Archived 2017-12-25 at the Wayback Machine. NebraskaStudies.org. Retrieved 12/28/07.
  3. ^ "Ed P. Smith is Dead". Lincoln Evening Journal. Lincoln, NE. United Press. May 22, 1930. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Burial Record: Smith, Edward P. Died 5/21/1930". Burial Records, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Interment.net. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James C. Dahlman
Mayor of Omaha
Succeeded by
James C. Dahlman