William J. “Bill” Smith was born December 28, 1942 in Van Buren, Maine and grew up there. He graduated from Boston College and Georgetown Law School, then served in the Army for two years, spending one year in Vietnam. Upon returning to Van Buren, he worked in Elmer Violette’s law firm. His mother is John Martin’s sister, making John his uncle, although they are only one year apart in age. At the time of this interview in 2004, Smith was serving in the Maine Legislature as a representative from Van Buren.
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