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Chesterfield Smith, America's Lawyer

Mary E. Adkins


Chesterfield Smith was one of the boldest lawyers of the twentieth century. A child of a poor, broken household but also a child of a politically connected family, Smith grew up aimless. His World War II combat experience changed him. He returned an ambitious and impatient man who had learned from the European theater what systemized hate and prejudice could do. Smith rose fast, building his small firm to a goliath, leading the Florida Bar, and masterminding the creation of a new state constitution. As president of the American Bar Association during Watergate, his was one of the earliest voic ... More

Keywords: Chesterfield Smith, Watergate, Florida Bar, American Bar Association

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066660
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary E. Adkins, author
University of Florida