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SMITH, WALTER PERRIN, son of John S. and Sophronia M. (Perrin) Smith, was born in Hardwick, Vermont, November 4, 1841. Mr. Smith fitted for college at Hardwick academy, and the People's academy at Morrisville, Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1867. He pursued the course at the Law department of Michigan university and subsequently completed his legal studies with Powers & Gleed at Morrisville, and was admitted to the bar of Lamoille county in May, 1869. He soon after came to St. Johnsbury and formed a partnership in law with Hon. Jonathan Ross, which continued until the latter was elected to the bench. Mr. Smith was state attorney of Caledonia county from 1874 to '76. He has served as superintendent of schools.

He was elected to the legislature from St. Johnsbury in 1880, and served on the judiciary and other important committees. In 1882 he was elected judge of probate of Caledonia county, a position in which he has shown such eminent fitness that he has continued to receive the unanimous renominations of the Republican party and successive reelections by the people until the present time. 

Judge Smith has ever been influential in the political and religious life of St. Johnsbury. He was for several years a director of the Merchants National bank, is a director of the First National bank, and a trustee and vice-president of the Passumpsic Savings bank. An able and effective debater, he has frequently taken the stump during national elections, and delivered addresses on memorial and other public occasions. He is a member of the North Congregational church. 

He married, in 1876, Susan A., daughter of Dr. Perley R. and Louise M. (Lawrence) Holbrook. They have one son, Robert H. Smith, a graduate of Dartmouth in the class of 1902, and is now in the employ of the Fairbanks, Morse Company, Chicago.  Mrs. Smith is an active worker in the beneficent and educational activities of the times, and a member of the state library commission. 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 98.

Prepared by Tom Dunn August 2005