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Federal courthouse dedication to be held Monday
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Sidney O Smith Jr., former member of Brenau University Board of Trustees before his death in 2012.

The federal courthouse on Spring Street will be dedicated Monday morning to honor a Gainesville native and former judge.

The courthouse will be known as the Sidney O. Smith, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse. 

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, sponsored HR 4618, which passed the Senate on Dec. 10. President Barack Obama 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. I am excited that his legacy will live on for years to come in a symbol of our community that bears his name,” Collins previously told The Times.

President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Smith to the bench as a U.S. District Court Judge in 1965. He remained on the bench until 1974, when he returned to private practice.

Smith, who died in 2012, was the fourth generation in his family to serve on the Brenau Board of Trustees, acting on the board for 35 years.

The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the federal courthouse, 121 Spring St. SE, Gainesville.

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