Nettie Smith

Washington State politician
Nettie Luella Smith
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
from the 32nd district
In office
1943 (appointed) – January 13, 1947
Serving with Richard H. Murphy
Preceded byJurie B. Smith
Succeeded byWesley R. Eldridge
Agnes M. Gehrman
Personal details
Born(1886-04-22)April 22, 1886
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
DiedApril 25, 1962(1962-04-25) (aged 76)[1]
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseJurie B. Smith
OccupationSenior Clerk

Nettie Luella Smith (née Purinton; April 22, 1886 – April 25, 1962) was an American politician who served as a member of the Washington House of Representatives from 1943 to 1947. She represented Washington's 32nd legislative district as a Democrat.[2]

Born in Iowa, she moved to Seattle in 1926 and had five sons and a daughter. She was initially appointed to serve out the unexpired term of her husband Jurie B. Smith after his death just after the November 1942 general election; she then won reelection in 1944. Jurie had served in the legislature since 1932 and had been the leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. She was affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star.[3]


  1. ^ "Department of Health, Death Certificates, July 1, 1907-1997 - Nettie - L - Smith". Department of Health, Death Certificates, July 1, 1907-1997, Series: Death Records, ID: de_1962008213. Washington State Digital Archives.
  2. ^ "State of Washington: Members of the Legislature 1889-2019" (PDF). Washington Legislative Information Center. Brad Hendrickson, Secretary of the Senate; Bernard C. Dean, Chief Clerk House of Representatives. February 2019. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Nettie L. Smith" (PDF). Women in the Legislature. Washington State Legislature. Retrieved 11 August 2022.

Further reading

  • Gilbert, J. W., "Democrats to Pay Tribute to Jurie B. Smith,” Seattle Daily Times, November 11, 1942
  • “Smith, Nettie L.,” Seattle Daily Times, April 27, 1962
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