Biography of Clarence L. Smith
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Smith, Clarence L., was born in Ulysses February 5, 1851. His father, Minor T. Smith, was a native of the town of Hector. He has been a farmer all his life, but is now a resident of Trumansburgh village. The mother of our subject, Maria King, was a native of Hector and is still living. Clarence is the only child. He was educated in the common schools, prepared for college at Trumansburgh, and entered Cornell in 1869, graduating in 1873. He went at once as a student in the law office of S. D, Halliday and the fall of 1874 entered Albany Law School, being admitted to the bar in 1875. His first practice was in Ithaca for two years a partner with Mr. Halliday, and since alone. He is a Republican in politics and in 1879 was elected justice of the peace, being reelected in 1882. He resigned that fall to take the office of district attorney, which he held six years. One of the important cases during his service was the celebrated Barber murder trial. In 1890 he was elected to a four year term as recorder of the city of Ithaca. He married in 1879 Evelyn D. Spaulding of Caroline, and they have two children, a son and a daughter.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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