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We were surprised to learn that even in this multicultural era of unenforced immigration laws - the last name "Smith" still stands as the most common surname in the United States - and as of 2013 there are 2,788,558 people with this last name living today. This article points out that there is always at any given time a Smith serving in Congress (currently that duty falls on the shoulders of Representative Chris Smith, who hails from the 4th District of New Jersey). This article rambles on for seven pages with just these sort of charming factoids:

During W.W. II there were nearly 76,000 Smiths in uniform

Roughly eighty Smiths die in the United States every day, only to be replaced by an equal number of newborn Smiths

A quarter of a million Smiths are arrested annually, etc., etc., etc....

The author makes it quite clear that there are Smiths in almost every field of endeavor and the name appears frequently in the history books of the nation - and despite all this minutia, the article is never boring.

     


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The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

The Smiths in America (Pageant Magazine, 1959)

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