John Joseph Smith

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John Joseph Smith
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Service:
Appointed by:   Dwight Eisenhower
Active:   9/2/1960 - 11/6/1971
Senior:   11/6/1971 - 2/16/1980
Preceded by:   Carroll Hincks
Succeeded by:   Thomas Meskill
Past post:   District of Connecticut
Past chief:   1953 - 1960
Past term:   10/30/1941 - 9/13/1960
Past position:   Seat #1
Personal History
Born:   January 25, 1904
Hometown:   Waterbury, CT
Deceased:   February 16, 1980
Undergraduate:   Yale College, B.A., 1925
Law School:   Yale Law, LL.B., 1927
John Joseph Smith (1904-1980) was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He joined the Second Circuit in 1960 after an appointment from Dwight Eisenhower. He joined the District of Connecticut in 1941 after an appointment from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He served as chief judge of the district court from 1953 - 1960. At the time of his appointment, he was a U.S. Representative from Connecticut. He assumed senior status on November 6, 1971 and served until his death on February 16, 1980.[1]

Early life and education

  • Yale College, B.A., 1925
  • Yale Law School, LL.B., 1927[1]

Professional career

  • Research fellow, Yale Law School, 1927-1928
  • Private practice, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1928-1941
  • U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1935-1941[1]

Judicial career

Second Circuit

Smith was nominated to the Second Circuit by President Dwight Eisenhower on January 11, 1960, to a seat vacated by Carroll Clark Hincks; he was confirmed by the Senate on September 1, 1960, and received commission September 2nd. He assumed senior status on November 6, 1971. He served the Second Circuit until his death on February 16, 1980.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Thomas Meskill.

District of Connecticut

Smith was nominated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on October 16, 1941, to a seat vacated by Edwin Stark Thomas; he was confirmed by the Senate on October 28, 1941, and received commission on October 30, 1941. From 1953-1960, he served as the chief judge. He served the District of Connecticut until he was elevated to the Second Circuit on September 13, 1960.[1] He was succeeded to this post by William Timbers.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Edwin Stark Thomas
District of Connecticut
1941–1960
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
William Timbers
Preceded by:
Carroll Hincks
Second Circuit
1960–1971
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Thomas Meskill



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