Martin Parks Burks, March 22, 1917-April 16, 1928

Burks younger close up
Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in., circa 1930 by S. Fieldman
Location: Hearing Room A 

Born January 23, 1851, in Bedford County
Died April 30, 1928, in Richmond

Appointed February 27, 1917, by Governor Henry Carter Stuart to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of George Moffett Harrison and began his service on March 22, 1917. Elected by the General Assembly on January 16, 1918, to a 12-year term beginning February 1, 1919. Service terminated by resignation.

Education:
Washington College, B.A., 1870
University of Virginia, LL.B., 1872

Professional career:
Private practice, Bedford, 1872-1899
Court reporter, Supreme Court of Virginia, 1895-1916
Professor of law, Washington and Lee University, 1899-1917 (dean, 1903-1917)
Author, Notes on the Property Rights of Married Women in Virginia (1893)
Author, Pleading and practice in actions at common law (1913).

Photographic portraits, Washington & Lee University Library, from original glass plate negatives housed at the Virginia Historical Society.


Sources:
Appointed, Burks Appointed to Supreme Bench, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond,Va.), February 28, 1917, retrieved on March 14, 2014; qualified, 120 Va., iii; elected, Journal of the Senate of Virginia, 1918 Session, 66; resignation and death, 150 Va., iii; birth, education, and career, Charles V. Laughlin, “Martin Parks Burks, Washington and Lee University, 1917,” in W. Hamilton Bryson, Legal Education in Virginia, 1779-1979 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1982), 117-126; and Peter Wallenstein, “Martin Parks Burks (1851-1928),” in Kneebone and Bearrs, Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond, Va.: Library of Virginia, 1998), v. 2, 413; portrait, Library of Virginia catalog.