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Joshua Soule Smith

(1848- )

"Joshua Soule Smith was born in northern Florida. At the age of fifteen, Smith joined the Confederate Army and was held prisoner in Maryland. In 1866 he moved to Kentucky with an aunt. After graduating from the law school at Transylvania University in 1872, he was appointed a law lecturer there. He later held positions of Fayette County Attorney and judge of the Recorder Court. He also wrote for various newspapers in the area, including: the Lexington Observer and Reporter, the Lexington Press, the Cincinnati News Journal, the Gatling Gun (Cleveland, Ohio), and the Louisville Times. For the latter he wrote under the pen name 'Falcon.'" [Bio/History note, Joshua Soule Smith Papers, Library, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky] ["The papers consist of newspaper clippings, drafts of essays, sketches, short stories and poems, fragments of novels, speeches, and miscellaneous masonic material written mostly by Smith. The clippings which are pasted in the scrapbooks consist of Smith's published articles and poems . . . ."] [The collection also includes "Masonic certificates and clothing."][A more official source seems to place Smith's graduation from Tranyslvania as January 31, 1871.]