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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer$
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Mary E. Adkins

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066660

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066660.001.0001

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A Big Platform

A Big Platform

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(p.85) 7 A Big Platform
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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer
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Mary E. Adkins

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066660.003.0007

Smith appeared an unlikely American Bar Association president; he was not the corporate type and was described in the press as chunky and effervescent, with a thick southern accent. He had several goals for his presidential term, but they were swept away by the Watergate scandal. Smith responded to Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre by boldly condemning Nixon’s actions, a statement that catapulted him into the spotlight and ensured he would have many high-profile speeches. His comments made it into Nixon’s daily press briefings several times. Never one to back down, Smith, a decorated World War II veteran assisted by Bill McBride, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, closed out his presidency by advocating amnesty for draft dodgers.

Keywords:   Watergate, Richard Nixon, Saturday Night Massacre, American Bar Association, Bill McBride

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