Smith has led a life full of enriching experiences that have shaped his positions. Below are a few of these highlights. 

  • Smith is the grandson of a former Probate Judge, Commander of the Michigan Foreign Legion, and eminent attorney. The life of Grandfather Carl H. Smith, and the lives of his future descendants, were forever changed when his arm was blown off and his stomach blown open while assisting the Red Cross on a battlefield in France during World War I. As a result, Smith’s grandfather, who was from a Michigan farm family of eight children, used the 1918 Vocational Rehabilitation Act for returning veterans to do something previously out of reach – go to law school and change the course of history for his future children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
  • Smith is the son of a former Republican Michigan State Legislator and Circuit Court Judge and eminent medical defense attorney. Smith’s father was appointed to the bench by Democratic Governor G. Mennen Williams and unsuccessfully ran for the Michigan Supreme Court at the request of Governor George Romney. Smith’s father was in the Michigan Legislature when the famous Mackinac Bridge came to fruition.
  • 1968 – Smith attended the Emery School of Aviation in Greeley Colorado – private pilot’s license and 160 flight hours in and around the Rockies.
  • 1972 – Smith graduated from Alma College, Alma, MI – BA in History – trained in writing the English language.
  • 1972 – Smith worked for Republican Congressman R. James Harvey of Michigan at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC and on the campaign trail in Michigan. Congressman Harvey, appointed to the Federal Bench by President Ford, was a former partner in Smith’s grandfather’s law firm. Jim Sparling, the best ever congressional aid in DC, taught Smith how to perform quality constituent services.
  • Smith has the equivalent of a major in accounting from various Philadelphia universities.
  • 1986-87 – Smith was Financial Futures Manager for HSBC, Hong Kong location. He invented the Forward Spread Agreement (FSA) that traded globally, and Smith traveled 150,000 miles around the Far East and Europe visiting bank foreign exchange desks and giving speeches.
  • 1991-92 – Smith ran twice unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Township Committeeman in 90% Republican Upper Freehold Township, New Jersey, but gained substantial notoriety for successfully leading the effort to increase the Township Committee from three to five members and for uncovering substantial land tax irregularities that went to the county and state for successful adjudication.
  • 1993 – Smith was unsuccessfully sued by the tax assessor of Upper Freehold, New Jersey in state Superior Court and Appellate Court for defamation regarding Smith’s success in exposing tax irregularities. A home owner’s insurance rider paid for all of Smith’s attorney’s fees.
  • 1993 – Smith filed a federal application to change the name of Negro Run Creek in Upper Freehold Township to M. L. King Creek. Few citizens supported Smith except the poorer African Americans in the surrounding communities. As a result, Smith’s children were pressured out of the public school system into a private school. Smith’s name change effort was publicized throughout the United States.
  •  2003 – Smith’s wife, a graduate of the Rutgers College of Nursing, was a charge nurse at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and was attacked by a patient and rendered totally and permanently disabled with traumatic brain injury. Other than funds from Workers’ Compensation and Victims of Crime for a brief period of time, the State of New Jersey literally put Smith’s wife and family out on the street due to a loophole in the state pension laws which denied Smith’s wife a State of New Jersey Accidental Disability Pension. There was a video of the attack, but despite the video the Workers’ Compensation Judge ruled that while Mrs. Smith had a brain injury, he did not know where it came from. Smith’s wife was forced into a $25,000, take it or leave it life time settlement. New Jersey State legislation has been pending since 2005 to rectify the injustice, and Smith’s campaign to get justice for his wife is ongoing.
  • 2003 – Smith was involved in an unsuccessful family trust dispute regarding significant assets. Smith tried the case Pro Se before Michigan Circuit Court and the Michigan State Appellate Court and appealed the case to the Michigan Supreme Court. Smith personally wrote all the briefs and responses at all three court levels. The Court ruled that the statue of limitations had expired.
  • 2007 – Smith lost his home in New Jersey to a Sheriff Sale and subsequently was forced into bankruptcy. The wrong house was sold at the Sheriff Sale and the Superior Court Judge said in the Courtroom that he didn’t care if the wrong house was sold, but that the house was sold. The mortgage company lied in court to force the judge to uphold the sale, resulting in Smith receiving a $30,000 tax bill from the IRS. The bill was subsequently cancelled upon proof of the lie.
  • 2009 – Smith was homeless in Lancaster, PA. He spent twelve nights at the Water Street Mission.
  • 2009 – Smith was homeless in Phoenixville, PA at the Good Samaritan Shelter.
  • 2009 – Smith was on food stamps and his wife received SSI along with her Social Security Disability.
  • 2009 -2013 – Smith was House Manager for the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville, PA. Oversaw about 250 men over this period time from all walks of life.
  • 2013 – Smith received a voucher from the Free Clinic in Phoenixville, PA for a 100% free hernia operation at Paoli Hospital. His employer at the time objected and tried to stop the operation and have the medical condition handled through the Workers’ Compensation System under which Smith was enrolled. Smith followed through with the free operation which was 100% successful, but Smith ended up resigning under a Workers’ Compensation settlement.
  • 2012 – Smith, a creator of currency, commodity, and stock futures contracts, created TheSmithMatrix which, when funded, will revolutionize global commercial pricing for every country in the world and will lead to a new far-reaching global barter system.
  • 2015 – Smith created a new global currency called “Ren” that, when funded, will trade parallel to the USD and stabilize commercial pricing around the globe.
  • Smith has fifty documents under copyright and registered with the US Copyright Office under the title of Worldwide Futures Exchange Project.
  • 2015-2018 – Smith worked as a server at the Great Expectations Café at the Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster, PA as an employee of Morrison/Compass Group. In order to work on the premises of Lancaster General Health (LGH), Smith was required to pass a general background check, an FBI fingerprint background check, a childcare background check, and a blood, urine, and TB test. Smith was Lead Server from January 2017 until his layoff in June 2018.
  • 2017 – In March 2017, Smith contacted the DC office of his congressional representative, Congressman Lloyd Smucker, to share his personal concerns about the proposed Republican Healthcare Bill. Soon after that, Smith was approached by his employer, a subcontractor of LGH who had been informed of Smith’s call to the Congressman’s office by someone associated with the Congressman. Smith was reprimanded by his employer for having called the Congressman’s office. Smith sent Congressman Smucker a very serious constituent email letter, with a copy to LGH, and has yet to receive a response from either party.
  • 2018 – Smith was laid-off from his position at Lancaster General Health (LGH) due to his decision not to allow LGH to vaccinate him against rubella through an MMR shot. Smith’s decision was based on the medical fact that vasculitis is a side effect of the MMR shot, and Smith has coronary artery disease and a history of strokes on his father’s side of the family. Though Smith recognizes and believes in the importance of vaccinations, the MMR shot would have posed a potential risk to his health. LGH would make no exception so Smith could retain his job and protect his individual health, even though the Center for Decease Control has generally reported less than 10 rubella cases a year in the United States all of which were brought from overseas. Smith learned for the first time in his life that he was not immune to rubella on May 21, 2018 when notified by LGH which had a vile of Smith’s blood on file for almost three years.
  • Richard and Sharon Smith have four children – two boys and two girls. Each has a college degree and a masters degree. Their son, Douglas, is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.