J. Joseph Smith

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John Joseph Smith
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
November 6, 1971 – February 16, 1980
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
September 2, 1960 – November 6, 1971
Appointed byDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byCarroll C. Hincks
Succeeded byThomas Meskill
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
1953–1960
Preceded byCarroll C. Hincks
Succeeded byRobert P. Anderson
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
October 30, 1941 – September 13, 1960
Appointed byFranklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded byEdwin Stark Thomas
Succeeded byWilliam H. Timbers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1935 – November 4, 1941
Preceded byEdward W. Goss
Succeeded byJoseph E. Talbot
Personal details
Born
John Joseph Smith

(1904-01-25)January 25, 1904
Waterbury, Connecticut
DiedFebruary 16, 1980(1980-02-16) (aged 76)
Waterbury, Connecticut
Resting placeCalvery Cemetery
Waterbury, Connecticut
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWest Hartford, Connecticut
EducationYale University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (LL.B.)

John Joseph Smith (January 25, 1904 – February 16, 1980) was an American lawyer, a United States Representative from Connecticut, a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut,[1][2] Smith attended the public schools,[2] and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1925 and his Bachelor of Laws from Yale's law department (later Yale Law School) in 1927.[1][2] Smith was admitted to the bar in 1927.[1] He was a research fellow at Yale Law School from 1927 to 1928.[1][2] Smith served in the Field Artillery Reserves from 1925 to 1935.[2] He was in private practice in Waterbury from 1928 to 1941.[1]

Congressional service[edit]

Smith was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, serving as a United States Representative from Connecticut from 1935 to 1941 (in the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, Seventy-sixth, and Seventy-seventh Congresses). He resigned from Congress on November 4, 1941, to accept appointment to the federal bench.[1][2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Smith was nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on October 16, 1941, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by Judge Edwin Stark Thomas. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 28, 1941, and received his commission on October 30, 1941. He served as Chief Judge from 1953 to 1960. His service terminated on September 13, 1960, due to his elevation to the Second Circuit.[1]

Smith was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 11, 1960, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated by Judge Carroll C. Hincks. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 1, 1960, and received his commission the next day. He assumed senior status on November 6, 1971. His service terminated on February 16, 1980, due to his death.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

Smith resided in West Hartford, Connecticut.[2] He died in Waterbury on February 16, 1980.[1] Smith is interred at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i John Joseph Smith at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "John Joseph Smith". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Sources[edit]

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

1935–1941
Succeeded by
Joseph E. Talbot
Legal offices
Preceded by
Edwin Stark Thomas
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1941–1960
Succeeded by
William H. Timbers
Preceded by
Carroll C. Hincks
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1953–1960
Succeeded by
Robert P. Anderson
Preceded by
Carroll C. Hincks
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
1960–1971
Succeeded by
Thomas Meskill