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, Virginia.
Died February 14, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia.

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 of law in Lexington, Virginia, 1907-1908.
Private practice of law in Blackstone, Virginia, 1908-1925.
Mayor of Blackstone, Virginia, 1911-1918.
Virginia 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.