Legislation Introduced to Name Gainesville Courthouse after Sidney O. Smith, Jr.

The federal courthouse in Gainesville, Georgia.
The federal courthouse in Gainesville, Georgia.

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, along with U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, introduced legislation in Congress Dec. 10 to name the federal courthouse in Gainesville, Georgia, after the late Brenau Trustee Sidney O. Smith Jr.

Smith was the U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia from 1965 to 1974. A World War II veteran who played football alongside Robert Kennedy at Harvard, Smith was the fourth generation of his family to serve on the Brenau Board of Trustees. The namesake of Brenau’s Graduate School died at the age of 88 in 2012.

“As a veteran, lawyer, judge, and through his longtime involvement with Brenau University, he was committed to service,” the three Georgian legislators are quoted in a joint statement. “The federal courthouse in Gainesville is a symbol of public service and civic duty, and Judge Smith dedicated his life to the high ideals of justice, honor, and family. Naming the courthouse after him will keep his legacy alive for years to come.”