Lemuel F. Smith

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Lemuel F. Smith
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
In office
February 15, 1951 – October 15, 1956
Preceded by Abram P. Staples
Succeeded by Harold F. Snead
Personal details
Born Lemuel Franklin Smith
(1890-04-21)April 21, 1890
Shadwell, Virginia, U.S.
Died October 15, 1956(1956-10-15) (aged 66)
Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s) Eleanor Grace Stulting
Alma mater Randolph Macon College
University of Virginia

Lemuel Franklin Smith (April 21, 1890 – October 15, 1956) was a Virginia lawyer and judge. He was born in Albemarle County, Virginia. He attended local schools and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Randolph Macon College where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. After teaching for three years at Randolph Macon Academy, he entered law school at the University of Virginia where he received his law degree in 1916. Shortly after that, he and John S. Battle opened a law office in Charlottesville. He was a member of Charlottesville’s City Council, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Albemarle County, judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit and, in 1951, was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia. He served on the court until his death. Justice Smith received an honorary LL. D. from Randolph Macon in 1951.

His great nephew, James H. Smith, followed in his footsteps and became Commonwealth's attorney and Juvenile and Domestics Relations judge. He was also a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity.