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On This Day In 1941: Reed Smoot, Of Smoot-Hawley Fame, Dies

Feb. 9, 1941:

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Former Sen. Reed Smoot, a five-term Republican from Utah, died at 79.

Smoot was the co-author of the Smoot-Hawley bill of 1929 that raised U.S. tariffs on thousands of imported goods to record levels. Many economists argue that the bill was one of the catalysts of the Great Depression.

Smoot was defeated in his bid for a sixth term in 1932 by a landslide.

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