Marion Hartzog Smoak

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Marion Hartzog Smoak
Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
1972 – March 30, 1974
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byEmil Mosbacher
Succeeded byHenry E. Catto Jr.
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
Personal details
Born(1916-07-08)July 8, 1916
Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedMay 4, 2020(2020-05-04) (aged 103)
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Mary Frances Meister
(m. 1959; died 2015)
Alma materThe Citadel
University of South Carolina

Marion Hartzog Smoak (July 8, 1916 – May 4, 2020) was an American politician and lawyer. He was a Republican. He was Chief of Protocol of the United States under President Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974. He was a member of the presidential campaign staff and transition team for Ronald Reagan in 1980. He also served as member of the South Carolina Senate from 1967 to 1968.

Smoak was born in Aiken, South Carolina. His wife Mary Frances Meister died in 2015. The couple had three children. He turned 100 in 2016.[1] Smoak died on May 4, 2020, in Palm Beach, Florida. He was 103.[2]

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  1. Vinopal, Courtney (September 1, 2017). "101-Year-Old Washingtonian Witnessed John F. Kennedy's Engagement, Still Drinks a Martini Every Day". Washingtonian. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  2. Donnelly, Shannon (May 23, 2020). "Palm Beach obituary: Ambassador Marion Smoak dies at 103". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 23, 2020.

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