Thomas Sydney Smith

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Thomas Sydney Smith
Advocate-General of Madras Presidency
In office
Succeeded by John Bruce Norton
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Occupation lawyer
Profession Advocate-General

Thomas Sydney Smith was an Indian lawyer who served as the Advocate General of Madras Presidency (now known as Tamil Nadu, India) from 1861 to 1863. [1] He was ex-officio a member of the Madras Legislative Council.

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  1. House of Commons papers, Volume 41. 1863. p. 351.