Louis Wescott Myers

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Louis Wescott Myers (September 6, 1872 – February 15, 1960) was the 20th Chief Justice of California.

Born in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, Myers earned a bachelor's and a law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He practiced law for several years in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. From 1913-23 he was a Superior Court judge in Los Angeles. In 1923 he was appointed to the Supreme Court of California to fill a vacancy; the next year he was appointed Chief Justice and served as such until leaving the court in January 1926.[1]

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 eventually became known as O’Melveny & Myers.

He married Blanche Brown of Michigan; they had at least two children, Elizabeth Myers and test pilot John Wescott Myers.[2]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Curtis Dwight Wilbur
Chief Justice of California
Succeeded by
William H. Waste


  1. ^ http://files.usgwarchives.org/ca/losangeles/bios/myers1296nbs.txt transcription of bio from "Men of California" (1925)
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/lamyer.htm Transcription of bio from "American Blue Book California Lawyers"