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Lemuel Augustus Smith, III


Lemuel Augustus Smith, III was born, November 19, 1878, at Holly Springs, Mississippi. His father was also born at Holly Springs. Smith was educated in the Holly Springs and Durant, Mississippi public schools and at St. Thomas Hall in Holly Springs, and Webb School at Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1899, studied law there one year, took the bar examination and was admitted to practice law at Water Valley, Mississippi in 1899. Smith practiced law in Holly Springs from 1900 to 1936. He served as Chancellor of the Third Chancery Court, District of Mississippi, an office to which he was first appointed in 1936 by the governor and then held by election in 1936. In 1945, Smith was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

[Source: James B. Lloyd (ed.), Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967 413 (Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1981); Letter from Judge Smith, to James Holcomb, Editor, Mississippi Writers Project, Federal Works Agency, Jackson, Mississippi, dated March 23, 1940 (the letter was made available to us by Charles A Pearce, Librarian, State Law Library, Jackson, Mississippi).]

Judge Smith died on October 10, 1950.


Lemuel Augustus Smith, Wild Flowers of Fancy: A Brochure (New York: The Abbey Press, 1902) [online text]