J. Joseph Smith

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John Joseph Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1935 – November 4, 1941
Preceded by Edward W. Goss
Succeeded by Joseph E. Talbot
Personal details
Born (1904-01-25)January 25, 1904
Waterbury, Connecticut
Died February 16, 1980(1980-02-16) (aged 76)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Yale University
Yale Law School
Occupation Attorney, Judge

John Joseph Smith (January 25, 1904 - February 16, 1980) was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Smith attended the public schools before attending Yale University, from which he received his B.A. degree in 1925. Two years later, he received his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School. Smith was a Research Fellow at Yale Law School from 1927 to 1928.

He was admitted to the bar in 1927 and started practice in Waterbury, Connecticut. He served in the Field Artillery Reserves 1925-1935.

Smith was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress. He was re-elected to the three succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on November 4, 1941, having been appointed a United States district judge for the district of Connecticut.

He was appointed judge for the Second Circuit Court of the United States on September 2, 1960, and served until November 6, 1971, when he retired to become a senior judge. He presided over a court in West Hartford, Connecticut, until his death in Waterbury on February 16, 1980.

He was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward W. Goss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1935 – November 4, 1941
Succeeded by
Joseph E. Talbot