Richard Henry Lee Chichester, June 1, 1925–February 3, 1930

R.H.L. Chichester
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in., by Anne Fletcher, 1932, circa
Location: courtroom, rear

Born April 18, 1870, in Warwick County
Died February 3, 1930, in Fredericksburg

Appointed by Governor E. Lee Trinkle on April 16, 1925, to fill the vacancy created by the death of Joseph Luther Kelly and began his service on June 1, 1925. Elected by the General Assembly on January 21, 1926, to complete Kelly’s unexpired term. Elected in 1928 to a 12-year term beginning February 1, 1929. Service terminated by death.

Other judicial service:
Judge, King George and Stafford County Courts, 1899-1904
Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, 1910-1925
Judge, Special Court of Appeals, 1924-1925

Attended University of Virginia, 1889-1892; studied law, 1891-1892

Professional career:
Private practice, Stafford County, 1892-1895; 1904-1910
Commonwealth’s attorney, Stafford County, 1895-1897

Further reading

Elizabeth Terry Long, “Richard Henry Lee Chichester (1870-1930),” Dictionary of Virginia Biography (1998), 205; first elected, Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1926 Regular Session, 71; elected in 1928, “Virginia Supreme Court Judge Dies: R.H.L. Chichester, 59, Succumbs in Fredericksburg Home After Illness,” The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C], February 4, 1930: 20; death, 153 Va., iv; portrait, Library of Virginia catalog.

In 1929, the Virginia State Bar Association formed a committee to acquire portraits of former justices who were not already represented in the court’s collection and approved a measure to reduce the cost of the project by asking family members of the justice to donate a portrait. Chichester’s portrait was donated by family members in 1932 in response to this request; see Proceedings of the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association, August 1929, 206-210; and Proceedings…August 1932, 108.