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Frederick P. Smith papers, 1948-1977.
Smith, Frederick P., 1915-1985.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 462 (cont'd in Doc 466)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Smith, Frederick P., 1915-1985.
Title : Frederick P. Smith papers, 1948-1977.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
Summary :

This collection contains the papers of Frederick P. Smith related to his involvement in various civic projects and issues in the city of Burlington and Vermont as a whole. With a few notable exceptions, it does not contain Mr. Smith's professional papers related to his career in banking. Among the issues Mr. Smith was involved with were Republican politics, the environment, natural resources, development of Burlington, housing, skiing and the development of the ski industry.

In this collection are papers pertaining to the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation from 1954 - 1976; the Model Cities Program, Vermont Environmental Center in Ripton from 1969-1975; the Governor's Commission on Non-Returnable Containers; the Glen Ellen, Killington, Mount Mansfield, and Mount Snow ski areas. Although this collection does not contain many files that reflect Mr. Smith's banking career, it does contain a few folders that relate to the banking industry and Mr. Smith's operation of the Burlington Savings Bank.

Biographical or historical data :

Frederick P. Smith was born in 1915 and died in 1985. A Vermont native, he was the son of. Levi Smith (1885-1970) and Julia Pease Smith. After attending schools in Burlington, he graduated from Princeton University in 1937. He received his law degree from Harvard University. During World War II he served in the Navy.

In 1959 Frederick Smith was elected president of the Burlington Savings Bank. He succeeded his grandfather, Charles Smith, and his father, Levi Smith, as president of the bank. When he resigned as president in 1976 it marked the first time in more than a century that a member of the Smith family did not hold the post. In 1967 Frederick Smith was elected chairman of the board of the Burlington Savings Bank which position he held until his death in 1985. Frederick Smith was president of the Vermont Bankers Association and the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks as well as a member of the Federal Savings and Loan Advisory Council.

F.P. Smith was elected to the Vermont House in 1946 serving one term. He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1972 again serving one term. He twice served as chairman of the Vermont Republican Party. Mr. Smith was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Vermont, Bennington College and Champlain College. He was on the board of directors of National Life Insurance Co., the New England Telephone Co., and Mount Mansfield Co.

Frederick Smith was active in civic and environmental affairs. He and his wife Marjorie had five children. Susan (Smith) Faith, Sybil Smith, Peter Smith (former Vermont Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Congressman), Frederick Smith and Charles P. Smith.

Related Collections : The manuscript collection of the Vermont Historical Society also includes the Smith Family Papers, 1895-1987 (Doc467, MSA 265-267) and the Burlington Savings Bank Records, 1854-1895 (XMSC 62).
Corporate Subject : Vermont. Governor's Commission on Non-Returnable Containers.
Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation.
Model Cities Program Winooski, Vt.
Republican Party Vt. : 1854-
Subject Term : Banks and banking Vermont.
City planning Vermont Burlington.
City planning Vermont Winooski.
Environmental education Vermont.
Environmental policy Vermont.
Housing Vermont.
Natural resources Vermont.
Ski resorts Vermont.
Geographic Term : Burlington (Vt.) Archival resources.
Winooski (Vt.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Annual reports.
Occupation : Bankers
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