Smith had no formal college education before attending the Law School. After completing his studies in Litchfield, he passed the bar and began his legal practice in New Haven, CT. In 1808 Smith received an honorary master's from Yale. Smith was also an incorporator of Washington College, later known as Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Smith was prosecuting attorney for New Haven County from 1817 to 1835, and was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1818. In 1825, he was an unsuccessful candidate for governor of Connecticut, losing to Oliver Wolcott. In 1828 he was appointed United States Attorney for the district of Connecticut, serving two years.
U.S. Senator (CT) 1833-1835
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Kilbourne, Payne Kenyon. A Biographical History of the County of Litchfield, Connecticut. New York: Clark, Austin & Co., 1851.
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