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Edward Samuel Smith, American Federal judge. Bar: Virginia 1947, District of Columbia 1948, Maryland. 1953.


Smith, Edward Samuel was born on March 27, 1919 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Joseph Daniel and Sarah Jane (Tatum) Smith.


Student, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, 1936-1938;Bachelor of Arts, University Virginia, 1941;Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1947.


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Smith received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1941 and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, from 1941 to 1946. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1947 and entered private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1947 to 1961. He joined the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, first as chief of the trial section in 1961, and then as a deputy assistant attorney general for civil trials from 1962 to 1963.

He returned to private practice in Baltimore, Maryland from 1963 to 1978. Smith was appointed to the United States Court of Claims by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. On October 1, 1982, Smith was reassigned by operation of law to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

He assumed senior status on June 1, 1989, and continued to serve in that capacity until his death, in Birmingham, Alabama.


  • Bar: Virginia 1947, District of Columbia 1948, Maryland 1953.


Board of directors Roland Park Civic League, Inc., Baltimore, 1977-1978. President, St. Andrew's Society Washington, 1956-1958. Served to Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1946.

To commander of The United States Navy Reserve, Retired 1968. Member American Bar Association (Chairman of Commission on tax litigation 1977-1978), Federal Bar Association, Maryland. State Bar Association (chairman section of taxation 1971-1972), District of Columbia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, Metropolitan Club, Chevy Chase Club, Lawyers Club of Washington, Summit Club (Birmingham), Lambda Chi Alpha.


Married Innes Adams Comer, May 5, 1942. Children: Edward Samuel, Innes Smith Cameron Richards.

Joseph Daniel Smith

Sarah Jane (Tatum) Smith

Innes Adams Comer

Edward Samuel Smith

Innes Smith Cameron Richards Smith