EPES, James Fletcher, (1842 - 1910)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

EPES, James Fletcher, (cousin of Sydney Parham Epes), a Representative from Virginia; born near Blackstone, Nottoway County, Va., May 23, 1842; attended private schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army in Company E, Third Virginia Cavalry; was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1867; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice at Nottoway Court House, Va.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; prosecuting attorney for Nottoway County 1870-1883; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; retired to his plantation, “The Old Place,” near Blackstone, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death there August 24, 1910; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Blackstone, Va.