Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Smiths in:
 • Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
 • Glendale
 • Los Angeles County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
William French Smith
Birth: Aug. 26, 1917
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1990
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

US Presidential Cabinet Secretary. He served as the 74th United States Attorney General during the Administration of President Ronald Reagan from 1981 until 1985. Born into a long established New England family, he was raised in Boston. A fondness for California led him to enroll at the University of California, at Berkeley, but he later returned to Boston and attained his law degree from Harvard. During World War II, he served with the United States Naval Reserve and attained the rank of lieutenant. Following the war, he joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and later became senior partner. During the election for California governor in 1966, Smith met Ronald Reagan and following Reagan’s election to the governorship, Smith became a part of the “Kitchen Cabinet” of advisors. During his tenure as attorney general, he drew harsh criticism for his failure to protect matters in regards to Civil Rights, notably school segregation issues. Additionally, he earned a reputation for defending “big business”. However, Smith is widely credited for paving the way for Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female judge to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He died from cancer. (bio by: C.S.) 
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Honor
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Nov 29, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 4084
William French Smith
Added by: Ron Moody
William French Smith
Added by: A.J. Marik
William French Smith
Added by: A.J. Marik
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

26 years
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Oct. 25, 2016

- Florida Boy 64
 Added: Aug. 26, 2016
On your 99th birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Aug. 22, 2016
There are 31 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.7 after 24 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service UPDATED