Forest F. Smith was born on a farm in Richland County, Ohio, six miles east of Plymouth, December 23, 1888,
the son of E. W and Ella E. (Watts) Smith His father was a native of Huron County, Ohio, and his mother was born
at Collinwood, now Cleveland, Ohio. Reared on the farm in Richland County, Forest F. Smith attended the local schools,
graduated from the high school at Plymouth in 1907, and for two years was a teacher in the public schools of Huron
County. He then entered Ohio State University, Columbus, and completed the law course in 1912.
The early professional life of Mr. Smith was spent at Michigan City, Indiana, where he engaged in a general practice.
He was also appointed and served as assistant prosecuting attorney of LaPorte County. Upon his return to Columbus
in 1916, Mr. Smith engaged in private practice with offices in the Briggs building.
By appointment from Washington, D. C., Mr. Smith entered upon his duties, April 27, 1918, as assistant United States
district attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. He was engaged in the duties of that office for nearly two
years, until March, 1920.
Mr. Smith for three years was president of the Franklin County Democratic Club. In 1922 he appeared in the primary
campaign for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General and came within 800 votes of receiving the Democratic
nomination. In 1920 he was chairman of the speakers bureau for the state campaign committee.
He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Smith married Miss Mary Barbee, the daughter of A. J. Barbee, of Columbus. They have two children, Donald E.
and Mary Ellen.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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