Louis Wescott Myers
|Louis Wescott Myers|
|20th Chief Justice of California|
April 9, 1924 – January 1, 1926
|Appointed by||Governor Friend Richardson|
|Preceded by||Curtis D. Wilbur|
|Succeeded by||William H. Waste|
|Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court|
January 15, 1923 – April 8, 1924
|Appointed by||Governor William Stephens|
|Preceded by||Curtis D. Wilbur|
|Succeeded by||John W. Shenk|
September 6, 1872|
Lake Mills, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||February 15, 1960
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Blanche Brown (m. 1901; death 1943)|
John Wescott Myers
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.L.)
University of Wisconsin Law School (LL.B.)
Louis Wescott Myers (September 6, 1872 – February 15, 1960) was the 20th Chief Justice of California.
Education and judicial career
Myers was born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, to Jesse Hall Myers and Elizabeth Louise Wescott. Myers was educated in the public schools, and earned a bachelor's and a law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He practiced law first in Madison, Wisconsin, with the firm of Spooner, Sanborn & Kerr, and afterwards for several years in Chicago, Illinois with Jesse A. and Henry R. Baldwin. In 1898, he moved to Los Angeles, California and maintained a law firm. In 1913, he was appointed to a vacancy on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He was elected in 1914 and re-elected in 1920.
On January 15, 1923, Governor William Stephens appointed Myers as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California to fill a vacancy when Curtis D. Wilbur was named Chief Justice. In April 1924, Governor Friend Richardson named Myers as Chief Justice to again replace Wilbur, who became the Secretary of the Navy. In October 1924, Myers ran unopposed and was elected for the remainder of Curtis' term, until January 1927. Myers served in that post until resigning as of January 1, 1926.
O'Melveny & Myers
Following his tenure as Chief Justice, Myers joined a Los Angeles law firm run by Henry W. O'Melveny. Myers' name was added to the firm, which by 1939 became known as O'Melveny & Myers. He specialized in appellate practice. In 1938, Myers argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Mackay Radio the case of NLRB v. Mackay Radio & Telegraph Co., 304 U.S. 333 (1938).
Honors and awards
On November 27, 1901, he married Blanche Brown (July 26, 1874 – May 1, 1943) of Michigan; they had at least two children: Elizabeth Myers, and test pilot John Wescott Myers. Louis was an avid fisherman, and in 1951 published a short book, An Incompleat Angler.
- University of Wisconsin Catalogue. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. 1893. p. 213.
- "Supreme Court Bench is Full". Madera Tribune (30). California Digital Newspaper Collection. United Press Dispatch. 8 December 1925. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
Jesse W. Curtis takes the post vacated by Judge Waste, who becomes chief justice, with the resignation of Louis W. Myers.
- "Judge Myers Has Support of Mayor". Los Angeles Herald (312). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 30 October 1920. p. B-15. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- "Judge Lewis W. Myers to Succeed Judge Wilbur". Madera Tribune (59). California Digital Newspaper Collection. United Press Dispatch. 13 January 1923. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Johnson, J. Edward (1966). History of Supreme Court, Vol 2, Justices, 1900-1950 (PDF). San Francisco, CA: Bancroft-Whitney Co. pp. 87–91. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
- "Myers is Named New Chief Justice". Madera Mercury (17). California Digital Newspaper Collection. Associated Press. 9 April 1924. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- "Eight Judges Win Places". San Bernardino Sun (54 (180)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 27 August 1924. p. 1. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- "Curtis Takes New Office in the North Friday". San Bernardino Sun (57 (121)). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 30 December 1925. p. 9. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Transcription of bio from "Men of California" (1925).
- "Firm History". O'Melveny & Myers. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- O'Melveny, John. "In Memoriam: Louis W. Myers" (PDF). California Supreme Court, 55 Cal. Rpts. 2d 909. p. 912. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Transcription of bio from "American Blue Book California Lawyers."
- Register - University of California, Volume 2. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 1925. p. 81.
- "Of Social Interest". Los Angeles Herald (58). California Digital Newspaper Collection. 28 November 1901. p. 6. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- "Louis W. Myers II; Prominent Local Attorney". Los Angeles Times. April 24, 1993. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- "The Incompleat Angler". Abebooks.com. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
- Louis W. Myers. In memoriam, 55 Cal. Rpts. 2d 909 (1960). California Supreme Court Historical Society.
- Opinions authored by Louis W. Myers. Courtlistener.com.
- Past & Present Justices. California State Courts. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
Curtis D. Wilbur
|Chief Justice of California
William H. Waste
Curtis D. Wilbur
|Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
John W. Shenk