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West Virginia: Supreme Court of Appeals

Judges of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1863-2012 (May be incomplete!)
Ralph L. Berkshire 1863-66 James H. Brown 1863-70 William A. Harrison 1863-68 Edwin Maxwell 1867-72 Ralph L. Berkshire 1868-72 Charles P. T. Moore 1871-81 Alpheus F. Haymond 1873-82 John S. Hoffman 1873-75 James Paull 1873-75 Matthew Edmiston 1875-76 Thomas C. Green 1876-89 Okey Johnson 1877-88 James French Patton 1881-82 Adam C. Snyder 1882-90 Samuel Woods 1883-88 Henry Brannon 1889-1912 John W. English 1889-1900 Daniel B. Lucas 1889-92 Homer A. Holt 1890-96 Marmaduke H. Dent 1893-1904 Henry C. McWhorter 1897-1908 George Poffenbarger 1901-22 Warren Miller 1903-04 Frank Cox 1905-07 Joseph M. Sanders 1905-07 William N. Miller 1907-28 Ira E. Robinson 1907-15 L. Judson Williams 1909-20 Charles W. Lynch 1913-21 John W. Mason 1915-16 Harold A. Ritz 1917-22 Frank Lively 1921-32 James A. Meredith 1922-24 M. O. Litz 1923-36 William H. McGinnis 1923-24 John H. Hatcher 1924-40 Homer B. Woods 1925-36 Haymond Maxwell 1928-40 Jo N. Kenna 1933-50 Fred L. Fox 1937-52 James B. Riley 1937-58 William T. Lovins 1941-57 Herschel H. Rose 1941-45 Frank C. Haymond 1945-72 Leslie E. Given 1950-62 Chauncey Browning 1952-71 Henry L. Ducker 1957-58 Robert T. Donley 1958 Thornton G. Berry, Jr. 1959-76 Harlan M. Calhoun 1959-72 Fred H. Caplan 1962-80 John E. Carrigan 1971-72 Charles H. Haden II 1972-75 Oliver D. Kessel 1972 Richard Neely 1973- James M. Sprouse 1973-75 Edwin F. Flowers 1975-76 Donald R. Wilson 1976 Sam R. Harshbarger 1977-84 Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. 1977- Thomas B. Miller 1977- Thomas E. McHugh 1981- W. T. Brotherton, Jr. 1985- Joseph P. Albright 1995-96 Robin Jean Davis 1997- Spike Maynard 1997-2008 Larry V. Starcher 1997- Joseph P. Albright 2001- Brent D. Benjamin 2005-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1863: Ralph L. Berkshire (Rep), elected; William A. Harrison (Rep), elected; James H. Brown (Rep), elected.
  • 1866: Edwin Maxwell (Rep), elected.
  • 1870: Charles P. T. Moore (Dem), elected.
  • 1872: John S. Hoffman (Dem), elected; James Paull (Dem), elected; Charles P. T. Moore (Dem), elected; Alpheus F. Haymond (Dem), elected.
  • 1875 May 11: James Paull, died in office.
  • 1876: Okey Johnson (Dem), elected; Thomas C. Green (Dem), elected; William H. H. Flick, defeated; Alpheus F. Haymond (Dem), elected.
  • 1880: Thomas C. Green (Dem), elected.
  • 1882: Adam C. Snyder (Dem), elected.
  • 1882 Mar 30: James French Patton, died in office.
  • 1884: Adam C. Snyder (Dem), elected; Samuel Woods (Dem), elected.
  • 1888: John W. English (Dem), elected; Henry Brannon (Dem), elected.
  • 1889 Dec 4: Thomas C. Green, died in office.
  • 1890: Daniel B. Lucas (Dem), elected.
  • 1892: Homer A. Holt (Dem), elected; Marmaduke H. Dent (Dem), elected.
  • 1896: Henry C. McWhorter (Rep), elected.
  • 1900: George Poffenbarger (Rep), elected; Henry Brannon (Rep), elected.
  • 1904: Frank Cox (Rep), elected; Joseph M. Sanders (Rep), elected.
  • 1907 Jan 28: Frank Cox, resigned.
  • 1907 Jan 29: William N. Miller, appointed.
  • 1908: William N. Miller (Rep), elected; L. Judson Williams (Rep), elected; Ira E. Robinson (Rep), elected.
  • 1912: Charles W. Lynch (Rep), elected; George Poffenbarger (Rep), elected.
  • 1915 Oct 26: Ira E. Robinson, resigned.
  • 1915 Nov 1: John W. Mason, appointed.
  • 1916: William N. Miller (Rep), elected; Harold A. Ritz (Rep), elected.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Frank Lively (Rep), elected.
  • 1921 Dec 31: Charles W. Lynch, resigned.
  • 1922: William H. McGinnis (Dem), elected.
  • 1922 Jan 2: James A. Meredith, appointed.
  • 1922 Nov 30: Harold A. Ritz, resigned.
  • 1922 Dec 31: George Poffenbarger, resigned.
  • 1923 Jan 1: M. O. Litz, appointed.
  • 1924: Homer B. Woods (Rep), elected; Leonidas H. Kelly (Dem), defeated; John H. Hatcher (Rep), elected; M. O. Litz (Rep), elected.
  • 1928 Aug 7: William N. Miller, died in office.
  • 1928 Aug 21: Haymond Maxwell, appointed.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Haymond Maxwell (Rep), elected; John H. Hatcher (Rep), elected.
  • 1932: Jo N. Kenna, elected.
  • 1936 Nov 3: Fred L. Fox (Dem), elected; James B. Riley (Dem), elected; Homer B. Woods (Rep), defeated; M. O. Litz (Rep), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Herschel H. Rose (Dem), elected; William T. Lovins (Dem), elected; Haymond Maxwell (Rep), defeated; John H. Hatcher (Rep), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Jo N. Kenna (Dem), elected; Haymond Maxwell (Rep), defeated.
  • 1945 Jun 17: Herschel H. Rose, died in office.
  • 1945 Jul 1: Frank C. Haymond, appointed.
  • 1946 Aug 6: Frank C. Haymond (Dem), nominated unopposed.
  • 1946 Aug 6: Lewis H. Miller (Rep), nominated; W. Elliott Nefflen (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1946 Nov 5: Frank C. Haymond (Dem), elected; Lewis H. Miller (Rep), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Fred L. Fox (Dem), elected; James B. Riley (Dem), elected; J. W. Maxwell (Rep), defeated; Lewis H. Miller (Rep), defeated.
  • 1950 Jan 20: Jo N. Kenna, died in office.
  • 1950 Jan 27: Leslie E. Given, appointed.
  • 1952: Frank C. Haymond (Dem), elected; Chauncey Browning (Dem), elected.
  • 1952 Aug 8: Fred L. Fox, died in office.
  • 1952 Aug 18: Chauncey Browning, appointed.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Leslie E. Given (Dem), elected; Dayton R. Stemple (Rep), defeated.
  • 1957 Jan 11: William T. Lovins, resigned; Henry L. Ducker, appointed.
  • 1958 Jun 29: James B. Riley, died in office.
  • 1958 Jul 3: Robert T. Donley, appointed.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Thornton G. Berry, Jr. (Dem), elected; Max DeBerry (Rep), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Harlan M. Calhoun (Dem), elected; Robert T. Donley (Rep), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Chauncey Browning (Dem), elected; Harlan M. Calhoun (Dem), elected; E. Franklin Pauley (Rep), defeated; Dayton R. Stemple (Rep), defeated.
  • 1962 May 11: Leslie E. Given, died in office.
  • 1962 May 18: Fred H. Caplan, appointed.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Fred H. Caplan (Dem), elected; Dennis R. Knapp (Rep), defeated.
  • 1971 Jun 24: Chauncey Browning, died in office.
  • 1971 Jul 13: John E. Carrigan, appointed.
  • 1972 May 15: Harlan M. Calhoun, resigned.
  • 1972 Jun 10: Frank C. Haymond, died in office.
  • 1972 Jun 21: Charles H. Haden II, appointed.
  • 1972 Jun 23: Oliver D. Kessel, appointed.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Charles H. Haden II (Rep), elected; Russell C. Dunbar (Dem), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: James M. Sprouse (Dem), elected; Richard Neely (Dem), elected; John E. Carrigan (Rep), defeated; Robert C. Conaty (Rep), defeated.
  • 1975 Aug 27: James M. Sprouse, resigned.
  • 1975 Dec 19: Charles H. Haden II, resigned.
  • 1976 Jan 26: Donald R. Wilson, appointed.
  • 1976 Nov 2: Thomas B. Miller (Dem), elected; Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. (Dem), elected; Donald R. Wilson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: Sam R. Harshbarger (Dem), elected; Edwin F. Flowers (Rep), defeated.
  • 1980 Nov 4: Thomas E. McHugh (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1984 Nov 6: W. T. Brotherton, Jr. (Dem), elected unopposed; Richard Neely (Dem), elected unopposed.
  • 1995: Joseph P. Albright, appointed.
  • 1996: Robin Jean Davis, elected; Spike Maynard (Dem), elected.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Richard A. Robb (Rep), defeated.
  • 2000: Robin Jean Davis, elected.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Brent D. Benjamin (Rep), elected; Warren R. McGraw (Dem), defeated.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Thomas E. McHugh (Dem), elected; John C. Yoder (Rep), defeated.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Robin Jean Davis (Dem), elected; Allen Loughry (Rep), elected; John C. Yoder (Rep), defeated; Letitia Chafin (Dem), defeated.
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