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Edward J. Smith


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1922 Republican AD-36 11759 Win
11-04-1924 Republican AD-36 15957 Win
11-02-1926 Republican AD-36 20382 Win

Candidate Biography:

Edward James Smith
Born: January 5, 1894 in San Francisco, CA
Married: Elvera Wollitz
Children: Three (Patricia Smith Ramsey)
Died: September 21, 1961

1953-1954: Member, California Judicial Council
1953-1954: Judge, Alameda County Municipal Court

  • Smith was the author of AB 440 (1925), relating to Chinese herbs which led to a bribery and corruption investigation of Smith, Senator Edgar S. "Tex" Hurley and former Assemblyman W. R. Brackett. The Assembly committee that conducted the investigation found that no crimes had been committed. the Alameda County District Attorney Earl Warren was the prosecutor.
  • His grave at Golden Gate National Cemetery notes that he was the husband of Lt. Commander Elvera Wollitz Smith of the Naval Reserve. Wollitz Smith "was one of the first female attorneys in the state of Nevada," served with the JAG Corps during WWII, Judicial Council from 1947 to 1953 (where she met her husband, Judge Edward J. Smith). Elvera died in 2005 at 99.

Source: California Blue Book (1928)