Joan Smith (pronounced Jo-Ann) was born in Camden, Maine. Her family has lived in the Camden area since before the American Revolution. After Smith married her husband Owen, they moved to Washington, D.C. for eight years, until Owen’s death. The Smiths lived in the Chevy Chase area of D.C. and lived right across the street from Harry McPherson. Joan eventually moved back to Maine to raise her seven children. She and her husband were active Democrats.
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L'Hommedieu, Andrea, "Smith, Joan oral history interview" (2002). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 366.