President Barack Obama signed a bill last week that will officially name the Gainesville federal courthouse for a former judge.
The courthouse on Spring Street will be known as the “Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse.” U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, sponsored HR 4618, which passed the Senate on Dec. 10. The president signed the bill on Dec. 16.
“Judge Sidney Smith served our country as a soldier in WWII and as a federal judge. His legacy is one of commitment to public service and civic duty, and that’s why I introduced a bill to name Gainesville’s courthouse and federal building after him,” Collins said in a statement. “I am excited that his legacy will live on for years to come in a symbol of our community that bears his name.”
Smith was appointed to U.S. District Court by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. He remained on the bench until 1974, when he returned to private practice.
The judge died in 2012, representing the fourth generation to serve on the Brenau Board of Trustees.
“I am so elated and so grateful that this honor has been bestowed on Sid, and I know that he would be pleased and humbled by this great affection from the community,” the judge’s wife Carolyn Smith said.