James Francis Smith
|Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals|
March 30, 1910 - June 29, 1928
|William Howard Taft|
|Seat established by 36 Stat. 11|
|Finis J. Garrett|
|Governor-General of the Philippines|
September 20, 1906 - November 11, 1909
William Howard Taft
|Henry Clay Ide|
|William Cameron Forbes|
|4th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines|
June 17, 1901 - February 17, 1903
|John T. McDonough|
James Francis Smith
January 28, 1859
San Francisco, California
|Died||June 29, 1928 (aged 69)|
|Education||Santa Clara University|
(B.S., B.A., M.A.)
College of the Law
James Francis Smith (January 28, 1859 - June 29, 1928) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Governor-General of the Philippines and an Associate Judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals.
Born on January 28, 1859, in San Francisco, California, Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1877 from Santa Clara University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in 1878 from the same institution, then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He entered private practice in California from 1881 to 1898. He served in the United States Army from 1898 to 1901. He was the Collector of Customs for the Philippine Archipelago in Manila, Philippines from 1900 to 1901. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1901 to 1903. He was Secretary of Public Instruction for the United States Philippine Commission from 1903 to 1906. He was Vice Governor of the Philippines in 1906. He was Governor-General of the Philippines from 1906 to 1909.
In 1908, after the construction of a mansion in Baguio that would serve as the colonial government seat during summertime, Smith's family became the first residents of the building, with his wife wanting to escape the heat of Manila. He returned to private practice from 1909 to 1910. In 1909 he was photographed at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exhibition in Seattle.
Smith was nominated by President William Howard Taft on March 9, 1910, to the United States Court of Customs Appeals (later the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals), to a new Associate Judge seat authorized by 36 Stat. 11. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 30, 1910, and received his commission the same day. His service terminated on June 29, 1928, due to his death in Washington, D.C.
| Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
John T. McDonough
Seat established by 36 Stat. 11
Finis J. Garrett
Henry Clay Ide
| Governor-General of the Philippines
William Cameron Forbes