Louis Spencer Epes, November 20, 1929–February 14, 1935

Epes close up
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., by Alexander Van Jost, circa 1927-1941
Location: Hearing Room B

Born January 12, 1882, in Prince William County
Died February 14, 1935, in Richmond

Appointed by Governor Harry Flood Byrd on November 5, 1929, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Jesse F. West and began his service on November 20, 1929. Elected by the General Assembly on January 20, 1930, to complete the unexpired term of West. Service terminated by death.

Hampden-Sydney College, A.B., 1900
Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. and A.M., 1901
Washington and Lee University, LL.B., 1908

Professional career:
Teacher, Horner Military Academy, Oxford, North Carolina, 1901-1903
Teacher, West Kentucky College, Mayfield, Kentucky, 1903-1904
Director, private collegiate preparatory school, Helena, Arkansas, 1904-1906
Private practice, Lexington, 1907-1908
Private practice, Blackstone, 1908-1925
Mayor, Blackstone, 1911-1918
State senator, 1919-1925
Commissioner, State Corporation Commission, 1925-1929

Military service:
World War I (Army)

Further reading/Research collections 

Appointed, “Epes Named to Succeed Judge West,” Danville Bee, (Danville, Va.), November 6, 1929, p. 2; qualified, 153 Va., iv; elected, Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1930 Regular Session, 70; birth, education, career, and death, transcript of memorial ceremony on January 8, 1936, published in 165 Va., v-xi; and “Death Claims Justice Epes in Richmond: Appeals Court Jurist Stricken,” The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C.], February 15, 1935: 21; portrait, Library of Virginia catalog.