Senator Smoot was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932. He moved back to Salt Lake City in 1933 and retired from active business and political pursuits to devote his full-time efforts to his apostolic calling until his death on 9 February 1941 in St. Petersburg, Florida, while on a visit. At the time of his death, he was next in line to succeed the president of the Quorum of the Twelve and third in line to succeed the president of the Mormon Church. While serving as an apostle and Senator, Reed Smoot helped to improve the public image of both the state of Utah and the Mormon Church in the eyes of the rest of the nation.
See: Milton R. Merrill, Reed Smoot: Apostle in Politics (1990).