SMITH, John Joseph, (1904 - 1980)


"House Committee on Military Affairs" (detail), photograph, 1935-1936, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

SMITH, John Joseph, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., January 25, 1904; attended the public schools; B.A., Yale University, 1925; law department of the same university, LL.B., 1927; research fellow, Yale Law School, 1927-1928; was admitted to the bar in 1927 and commenced practice in Waterbury, Conn.; served in the Field Artillery Reserves 1925-1935; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress; reelected 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; 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; resided in West Hartford, Conn., until his death in Waterbury, Conn., February 16, 1980; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Waterbury.