James F. Epes

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James Fletcher Epes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by John M. Langston
Succeeded by William R. McKenney
Personal details
Born (1842-05-23)May 23, 1842
Blackstone, Virginia
Died August 24, 1910(1910-08-24) (aged 68)
"The Old Place," Blackstone, Virginia
Resting place Lake View Cemetery, Blackstone, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Unit 3rd Virginia Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

James Fletcher Epes (May 23, 1842 – August 24, 1910) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, cousin of Sydney Parham Epes.


Born near Blackstone, Virginia, Epes attended private schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate States Army in Company E, Third Virginia Cavalry. He was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1867. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice at Nottoway Court House, Virginia. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as prosecuting attorney for Nottoway County during the years 1870–1883.

Epes was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894. He retired to his plantation, "The Old Place," near Blackstone, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death there August 24, 1910. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Blackstone, Virginia.


  • 1890; Epes was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 57.15% of the vote, defeating Republican John Mercer Langston.
  • 1892; Epes was re-elected with 52.19% of the vote, defeating Populist J. Thomas Goode.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. Langston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William R. McKenney