Edward S. Smith was born in Birmingham, Alabama the 27 of March of 1919. He studied at the University of Virginia from where he received his B.A. in 1941 and LL.B /J.D. in 1947. He also studied at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) from 1936-1938 and received a major in Mechanical Engineering. In September of 1941 he entered active duty as Apprentice Seaman. He participated in the initial amphibious attacks in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, Southern France and Okinawa. In 1944 he was Gunnery Officer of the U. S. S. Susan B. Anthony (AP-72) that was sunk off Normandy the 7 of June. Later he was First Lieutenant and Damage Control Officer, Executive Officer of U.S.S. Arcturus (AKA-1). He was released from the military on February of 1946 as a Lieutenant. He was active for 15 years in the Postwar Naval Reserve, in units concerned with industrial mobilization and armed services procurement contracts. He was member of the Naval Reserve Material Companies 5-2 and 5-3, 5th Naval District. He retired July 1st., 1968.
From 1947 to 1961 he was an associate and partner with the firm of Blair, Korner, Doyle, Worth and Crampton (this firm changed names). From 1961 he worked in the Tax Division of the U. S. Department of Justice as Chief of the Trial Section. There, he reorganized and administered several sections of the Tax Division and supervised civil refund litigation in all U. S. District Courts and the U. S. Courts of Claims. In 1962 and 1963 he served as deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights. From 1963 to 1977 he was partner in the law firm of Piper & Marbury Attorneys, in the city of Baltimore, where he was the head of the Tax and Estates Department. In 1978 was appointed to the U. S. Courts of Claims as an associate judge. From 1982-1989 he was judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; in 1989 he became senior circuit judge, and moved to Alabama where he continued to work until his death.
Judge Smith was member of the ABA; the Bar Association of the city of Baltimore; Baltimore Association of Tax Counsel; National Tax Association; Tax Institute of America; Federal Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar (1948, Tax Division); Virginia State Bar (1947); Bar Association of the District of Columbia (member of the Committee on U. S. Courts of Claims); and permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit. He was member of the Democratic Party. He taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Samford Law School and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Judge Edward S. Smith died March 22, 2001 in Birmingham, Alabama.