Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Henry Lott SMITH


         Henry Lott SMITH was the son of James H. SMITH and was educated in the rural schools, Martinsburg High School, and West Virginia University (Agricultural Department).

         H. Lott Smith, together with James S. Dailey served Berkeley County in the 36th Legislature at Charleston in 1923 and, with the Rev. Charles Beard, in the 37th Legislature in 1925. He succeeded in getting several important bills enacted into laws: one, the elimination of the cedar trees, known as the Cedar Rust Law, because of the damage done to the apple industry from the cedar rust fungi; another, a law creating an apple inspection commission to inspect apple packing locally to see that the pack conforms to the West Virginia standard pack. Under the old system, the inspection was done when the shipment arrived at its destination, thus creating a hardship on the grower in many instances because the shipment did not conform to the standard required by the law of the State to which the shipment was made and the grower was compelled to sell at a loss. Under the new system, a shipment was accepted at its face value, provided it carried the inspector’s stamp.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from History of Berkeley County, West Virginia, 1928

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