Jesse W. "Jess" Smith (1871 – May 30, 1923) was a member of President Warren G. Harding's Ohio Gang. He was born and raised in Washington Court House, Ohio, where he became a friend of Harry M. Daugherty. There, Daugherty helped him to become the successful owner of a department store. Smith became Daugherty's gofer during the 1920 campaign.
1.1 Links with Harding administration
2 In fiction 3 See also 4 References 5 External links
Smith came to Washington as an aide to Daugherty as U.S. Attorney
General. He had a desk at the Department of Justice, but no official
title. He nevertheless wielded considerable influence.
He was also Daugherty's roommate at Washington, D.C.'s Wardman Park
Hotel. Daugherty's wife had remained behind in Columbus because of
illness; Smith was divorced.
Smith's activities (it's said[who?] he sold bonded liquor to
bootleggers, and was associated with a house at 1625 K Street, later
to become notorious as the Little Green House on K Street) became an
embarrassment to Harding and Daugherty as the Teapot Dome scandal
focused increased scrutiny on Harding and his supporters. Before
leaving for Alaska, Harding told Daugherty he wanted Smith out of
On May 30, 1923, Smith died of a gunshot wound, and was found with a
pistol at his side. His death was pronounced a suicide, but
You know Secretary Mellon loaned the Republican National Committee $5,000,000 in 1920. Only $3,000,000 has been repaid. There is a deficit of $2,000,000. Jess Smith was charged with getting that money. The plan was to have the liquor men and the breweries contribute to this fund....
"That is one of the reasons," shouted Senator Heflin, "why they wanted
to get rid of Jess Smith."
Links with Harding administration
Smith's links with members of the Harding administration, including
President Warren G. Harding's administrative scandals Little Green House on K Street
^  ^ a b c d e f g h John Wesley Dean, Warren G. Harding. Macmillan, 2004. p. 142-144. ^ a b c d e f Time, December 27, 1926 ^ a b Jess Smith entry at ohiohistorycentral.org
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