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William A. Smith (1943-1958)

Chief Justice

William A. Smith

Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from January 1, 1943, following his election until his death June 10, 1958. For one and one-half years he served as Chief Justice.

Born at Andalusia, Illinois, November 19, 1870. In 1884 the family moved to Toledo, Iowa. In 1890 he was graduated from Western College and from the Liberal Arts and Law Departments of the University of Iowa in 1898. For twenty years he practiced law in Chickasaw County before moving to Dubuque in 1918 where he continued the private practice of law until coming on the Supreme Court Bench, He was President of the Iowa State Bar Association in 1941-1942 and was active in many civic organizations in his home city of Dubuque.

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