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Smith, William Townsend

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Smith, William Townsend
March 14, 2007 10:34PM
History of Kentucky, five volumes, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,
American Historical Society, New York & Chicago, 1922, Vol. IV, p. 143,
Fayette County

WILLIAM TOWNSEND SMITH. Among the leading members of the legal
profession in Fayette County, Kentucky, is the gentleman whose name
heads this paragraph, who has not only attained to a position of respect
in the community and esteem among his colleagues, but is intensely
public spirited in his attitude toward all movements for the advancement
of the community along all legitimate lines. William Townsend Smith was
born on his father's farm at Farmington, St. Francois County, Missouri,
on the 13th day of November, 1883 , and is the son of William T. and Eva
(Bradley) Smith. His father was born in St. Francois County on May 24,
1854, and died in May 1885, and his wife was born near Knoxville,
Tennessee, on September 9, 1853, and died on December 9, 1908. They
were married in Missouri and became the parents of four children, two of
whom died in infancy, the survivors being George Walter, who is engaged
in the lumber business in Lexington, and William Townsend, of this
sketch. William T. Smith was educated in the public schools of Missouri
and spent his entire life on a farm in that state, carrying on a general
line of farming and also breeding and raising Shorthorn cattle and
Norman horses. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in politics was a democrat.
William T. Smith, Jr. attended the public schools of his native
city, completing his academic studies in Carleton College, at
Farmington. He then decided to take up the practice of law and to this
end he entered the law department of Transylvania University where he
was graduated with the class of 1911. Immediately thereafter he entered
upon the practice of his profession in Lexington and has gained a large
and representative clientage. He has been connected with much important
litigation in the local courts and is considered a lawyer of more than
ordinary keeness and acumen.
Politically Mr. Smith gives his support to the democratic party,
while fraternally he is a member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons. On September 30, 1916, Mr. Smith was married to
Edith Higgins, who was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the daughter of
Charles V. and Cynthia (Embry) Higgins, both of whom also are natives of
Kentucky. Mr. Higgins being at the present time a successful farmer in
Bourbon County. As a citizen, Mr. Smith is public-spirited and
enterprising; as a friend and neighbor he combines those qualities of
head and heart which win confidence and command respect; and as an
attorney, he has brought dignity to his profession.

Bradley Embry Higgins Smith
St._Francois-MO TN Bourbon-KY

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