Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


A distinguished representative of the California bar in Santa Cruz county is Stanford G. Smith, the popular, because both proficient and efficient, district attorney. He was born at Santa Cruz, November 14, 1893, and has the advantage of having grown up amid the environment with which he is called upon to be familiar. His father was the Hon. Lucas F. Smith, who had married Miss Delia Gouldy; and he commenced life with the most stimulating surroundings of a cultured home, in which patriotism was the stirring keynote.

Young Stanford pursued the prescribed courses of the grammar and the high schools, then matriculated at Stanford University, and finally studied in Hastings College, after which he came up for the stiff bar examinations. He was admitted, June 13, 1919, to practice in California. In the meantime he had entered the American army as an infantryman, and for six months was at Camp Lewis, from which he was detached to help operate the government TNT plants, a dangerous field in which he had had previous experience.

On June 6, 1922, Mr. Smith was elected to the office of district attorney, for a four-year term, and it is needless to say that he has more than fulfilled the expectations of friend and acquaintance. He has endeavored to discharge the duties incumbent upon him with fearlessness tempered by mercy and common sense; and it is a pleasure to record that no deserving person ever appealed in vain for his consideration. He is a Native Son of the Golden West, and never forgets the obligations devolving upon those "to the manor born." In politics a republican, he is not so stand-pat that he cannot see the merit of the other side.

On November 17, 1921, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Bernice Miller, of Santa Cruz, a charming and an accomplished lady; and they have one child, Stanford G., Jr. Mr. Smith is a Mason and an Elk, and also an Odd Fellow; and he belongs to the Eagles, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the Eastern Star. He is fond of golf, and likes to get out into God's open.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.