Smith, C. R.

Smith, C. R. (Cyrus Rowlett)

(1899–1990) aircraft executive; born in Minerva, Texas. After having worked in banking, he became manager of Texas Air Transport, owned by the Texas-Louisiana Power Company. In 1934 this company reorganized, becoming American Airlines. He was chief executive until he retired in 1968, when he served as secretary of commerce for one year.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.