Robert A. Richardson (June 16, 1827 – October 16, 1895) was a Virginia soldier and lawyer who was a member of the Readjuster Party and served for twelve years on the Supreme Court of Virginia (then called the Supreme Court of Appeals).
Richardson was a native of Charlotte County, Virginia. While still in his teens, he enlisted in the army and fought in the Mexican War. Following this, he returned to Virginia and taught in the school in Monroe County (now in West Virginia). He read law books extensively during his hours outside of school and in the early 1850s was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court of Appeals at Lewisburg (now in West Virginia).He still pursued the study of law when he was not working. Being admitted to the bar shortly afterwards, he moved to Mercer County and began practice. This was interrupted by military service in the Civil War. After the war, he settled at Marion in Smyth County, where he had a large practice. He became a member of the Readjuster Party and, in February, 1882, was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals. After serving his twelve-year term, he retired in January 1895 and returned to Marion where he died in October 1895.
William Strong was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1870 to 1880. Strong previously served as a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania from 1847 to 1851 and as a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1857 to 1868. He also served on the Commission that adjudicated the disputed presidential election of 1876.
The Readjuster Party was a bi-racial state-level political party formed in Virginia across party lines in the late 1870s during the turbulent period following the Reconstruction era that sought to reduce outstanding debt owed by the state. Readjusters aspired "to break the power of wealth and established privilege" among the planter elite of white men in the state and to promote public education. The party's program attracted support among both white people and African-Americans.
Holmes Conrad was an American politician, lawyer and military officer.
John Warwick Daniel was an American lawyer, author, and Democratic politician from Lynchburg, Virginia who promoted the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Daniel served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and both houses of the United States Congress. He represented Virginia the U.S. House from 1885 to 1887, and in the U.S. Senate from 1887 until his death in 1910.
Waller Redd Staples was a Virginia lawyer, slave-owner and politician who was briefly a member of the Virginia General Assembly before the American Civil War, became a Congressman serving the Confederate States of America during the war, and after receiving a pardon at the war's end became a judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals, and law professor at Washington and Lee University, as well as revisor of Virginia's laws (1884-1887).
Edward Calohill Burks was a Virginia lawyer, legislator and jurist, as well as a relative of several other Virginia lawyers or legislators representing Bedford County. He served as a judge on the Supreme Court of Virginia from January 9, 1877 through December 31, 1882.
Benjamin Watkins Lacy was an American politician and Virginia lawyer, Confederate officer and jurist.
Thomas Turner Fauntleroy was a Virginia attorney, politician, and judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Drury Andrew Hinton was a Virginia lawyer, Confederate soldier, politician, and judge who most notably served on Virginia's Supreme Court of Appeals from January 1, 1883 until December 31, 1894.
Stafford Gorman Whittle was born at the family home Woodstock in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. His early education was received in Norfolk but, when the American Civil War began, he continued his studies with a tutor at his father's home in Botetourt County. Later, he attended Chatham Male Institute in Pittsylvania County and entered Washington College when he was eighteen. The following year, 1868, he studied law at the University of Virginia. In 1871, he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Martinsville, Virginia. Ten years later, February 1, 1881, he was appointed judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He served there until March 1882, when he was defeated by the Readjuster Party. In 1885, however, he was elected for the full term and served until he was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1901. He became president of the court in 1917 and continued so until 1919 when he resigned. Returning to Martinsville, where Whittle had a long association with Christ Episcopal Church, Stafford Gorman Whittle spent the remaining years with his family. `
John Alexander Buchanan was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia and a judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law is the professional graduate law school of Washington and Lee University. It is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are on the historic campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law has a total enrollment of approximately 365 students in the Juris Doctor program and a 6-to-1 student to faculty ratio.
Warren Miller was a lawyer and Republican politician from West Virginia who served as a United States representative in the 54th and 55th United States Congresses, as well as both houses of the West Virginia legislature Senate and on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Robert Murphy Mayo was a Virginia lawyer, Confederate officer and politician who served in the Virginia House of Delegates and briefly in the U.S. Representative as a member of the Readjuster Party.
The West Virginia University College of Law is the professional school for the study of law at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. The law school was established in 1878 as the first professional school in the state, and remains the only law school in the state.
Robert Bruce King is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Robert Trimble was a lawyer and jurist who served as Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, as United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky and as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1826 to his death in 1828. During his brief Supreme Court tenure he authored several majority opinions, including the decision in Ogden v. Saunders, which was the only majority opinion that Chief Justice John Marshall ever dissented from during his 34 years on the Court.
Edwin Maxwell was an American lawyer, judge, and politician in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Maxwell served as Attorney General of West Virginia in 1866 and was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia from 1867 until 1872. He was elected to the West Virginia Senate and the West Virginia House of Delegates.
William C. Clayton was an American educator, lawyer, politician, and businessperson in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Clayton served in the West Virginia Senate representing the Eleventh Senatorial District of West Virginia from 1875 until 1879. He was twice principal of the Romney Classical Institute in Romney in 1853 and 1866.
Alpheus Forest Haymond was a lawyer, politician, and justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia from 1872 to the beginning of 1883.