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Edward Smith, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
City Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1930
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
City Attorney

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/19/1930
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Edward Neil Smith was born on September 19, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan. He spent much of his life in Indiana, where he earned an excellent reputation in the legal profession.

After graduating from Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1949, Smith worked as a core maker at American Foundry. He served as a caseworker for the county welfare agency in 1956 and worked his way through Indiana Central College. Majoring in government and business, he received his bachelor's degree in 1958. In 1961, Smith earned a Doctor of Law degree from Indiana University School of Law. That year, he began serving as a deputy attorney general for the State of Indiana. He was appointed deputy prosecutor for Allen County in 1962. The same year, he served as associate attorney for the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana and began practicing privately. He served for 12 years as attorney for the Wayne Township Trustee in Allen County, Indiana.

Smith studied through the University of Nevada in Reno, receiving certification from the National College of Advocacy in advanced civil and criminal trial advocacy in 1975. In 1978, the National Judicial College of the same university accredited him in administrative law procedure. Smith served as the state chairman of the Indiana Black Republican Council. He also served for four years as a board member of the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, a committee focused on civil rights, and as director for the Northeast Indiana Radio Reading Service, an organization that aids the blind. He and his wife, Edna, have four adult children: Alice, Linda, Edward and Charles.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Edward Smith's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edward Smith lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edward Smith describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edward Smith talks about being raised by his aunts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edward Smith describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edward Smith talks about being raised by his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edward Smith talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edward Smith describes living at the YMCA as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edward Smith explains why he was enrolled in high school for six years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Edward Smith describes how he became a member of the Crispus Attucks High School track team
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Edward Smith describes how he got his nickname, "69", pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edward Smith describes how he got his nickname, "69", pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edward Smith describes not playing in a major football game at Crispus Attucks High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edward Smith describes not playing in a major football game at Crispus Attucks High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edward Smith describes meeting his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edward Smith describes his career aspirations as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edward Smith describes his experiences living at the Indianapolis YMCA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edward Smith talks about serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Edward Smith talks about being cut from the Indiana Central College football team
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Edward Smith talks about attending the Indiana University School of Law
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Edward Smith describes why he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Edward Smith describes being the only black lawyer in the Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Edward Smith talks about being a Republican in an era of declining black Republican involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Edward Smith describes an incident where he was used by members of the Republican Party
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Edward Smith describes his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edward Smith describes his experiences with school integration in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edward Smith describes the challenges he faced while operating his cement company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edward Smith talks about mending his relationship with his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edward Smith talks about starting his newspaper, "Frost", in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edward Smith talks about trying to franchise his newspaper, "Frost", in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edward Smith talks about the impact of his newspaper, "Frost"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edward Smith describes the most memorable case of his law career, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Edward Smith describes the most memorable case of his law career, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Edward Smith comments on the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Edward Smith describes the impact of the media on the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Edward Smith talks about the benefits of working in a law firm
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Edward Smith comments on his Republican beliefs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edward Smith comments on the value of law firms and practicing law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edward Smith describes the types of cases he tries
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edward Smith talks about his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edward Smith talks about the importance of having mentors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edward Smith describes his father
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edward Smith describes how he received his only "D" at the Indiana University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edward Smith reflects upon the importance of having roots, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edward Smith reflects upon the importance of having roots, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Edward Smith talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Edward Smith shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community