Cornell University LL.B. 1936. Henry P. Smith III was born in North Tonawanda, New York on September 29, 1911. After he received a law degree from Cornell in 1936, he practiced law in Ithaca, New York until 1941, and then in North Tonawanda. He was elected mayor of North Tonawanda in November, 1961 and resigned in January, 1963 to accept appointment as Niagara County judge, surrogate and family court judge for one year. He was elected to the House of Representatives, serving from 1965 to 1974.