I’ve been poking around for the last few years, learning everything I can about Smith Troy, one of Olympia’s most infamous politicians. This is one fascinating guy. I’m going to write way more about him as I start to bring focus on my own thoughts about him. But, just to get started, here are some Smith Troy facts:
1. He was appointed Washington Attorney general when he was 33 years old. And, this is after years as the Thurston County prosecuting attorney. So, he started really young.
2. At one point in the 1930s, Smith was both the prosecutor and the
coroner. Also, the sheriff was taking some time off, so he filled in
there too. He was the law.
3. His wife committed suicide when she jumped out of a window at the old St. Peter’s Hospital on the westside.
4. After he lost reelection in 1952 for AG, he was the lawyer behind Lemon v. Langley, which brought back dozens of state agencies that had moved from Olympia to Seattle.
5. In addition to being a track star at the University of Washington, he was a student leader in the effort to fire long time and legendary Husky football coach Enoch Bagshaw.
6. After 20 years of political retirement, Troy came back in the 1970s and served as the Thurston County prosecutor again.