SMITH, SIDNEY. - Born in Washington county, N. Y., May 12, 1829. At the age of twenty years he completed his
academic education and began the study of law with Church & Davis, who were at that time among the ablest lawyers
of New York city. Two years later he was admitted to the bar at Albion, N. Y., where William K. McAllister, long
after associated with him on the bench in Chicago, practiced law for so many years. He came to Chicago in 1856,
and a few months later became associated with Grant Goodrich and W. W. Farwell, forming the firm af Goodrich, Farwell
& Smith, which was for a long time regarded as one of the strongest legal combinations in the northwest. Mr.
Goodrich was elevated to the bench in 1859, and served as one of the judges of the superior court of Chicago until
1863. When Mr. Farwell was chosen judge of the circuit court in 1870, the partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Smith
continued the practice of his profession alone. In 1879 he also was the recipient of judicial honors, being elected
chief justice of the superior court of Cook county. During the six years that he was on the bench his record was
that of a just judge and profound legal scholar, in 1885 he yielded to the earnest solicitation of many friends
and citizens and became the republican candidate for mayor of Chicago. Although defeated at the polls the election
was so close that it was contested by the supporters of Judge Smith, who claimed that his opponent had been elected
by fraudulent votes. Since his retirement from the bench Judge Smith has been engaged in the active practice of
his profession, and is now the senior member of the law firm of Smith, Muhlke & Murdock.
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