Papers of James Keith, President, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1843-1910 (bulk 1877-1910) Keith, James, President, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, A Guide to the Papers of, 1843-1910 (bulk 1877-1910) 31211

A Guide to the Papers of James Keith, President, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1843-1910 (bulk 1877-1910)

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Accession Number 31211


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Accession Number
31211
Title
Papers of previous hitJames next hit previous hitKeith next hit, President, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1843-1910 (bulk 1877-1910)
Extent
1 cu. ft. (3 boxes)
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Papers of previous hitJames next hit previous hitKeith next hit, President, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, 1843-1910 (bulk 1877-1910). Accession 31211, State government records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by Allen L. Lucy, Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. 26 September 1981.


Biographical/Historical Information

previous hitJames next hit previous hitKeith next hit was born 7 September 1839 in Fauquier County, Virginia. He studied law at the University of Virginia, as well as under John M. Forbes of Warrenton. previous hitKeith next hit also served the Confederate States during the Civil War as part of the Black Horse Calvary. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1869, serving one session before being elected to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in 1870. This court oversaw cases from Alexandria, Fauquier and surrounding counties. previous hitKeith next hit served as a circuit court judge until 1895 when he was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Richmond, later serving as the court's President (now known as Chief Justice). Judge previous hitKeith next hit retired from the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1916 and died in 1918.

Scope and Content

Contains a variety of items and documents belonging to Judge previous hitJames next hit previous hitKeith next hit, President of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The material includes lists of appeals granted and refused, incoming and outgoing correspondence related to personal and court matters, court papers, and speeches. The correspondence includes letters to United States Secretary of War and Secretary of State, Elihu Root, fellow Supreme Court judges John Buchanan and John Harlan, as well as a folder of letters detailing events surrounding the election of 1896. Also included is a speech given by Judge previous hitKeith next hit about General Eppa Hunton, and two sets of remarks regarding the installation of portraits in the court house. Additionally, the collection includes a set of Virginia Bar Examination questions from 1900, titled "Questions Propounded by the Court of Appeals to Applicants for License to Practice Law." The original order of the material was maintained as much as possible.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I. Appeals Granted and Refused, 1877-1910 Series II. Correspondence, 1894-1910 Series III. Miscellaneous Papers, 1843-1910

Contents List

Series I. Appeals Granted and Refused, 1877-1910.

Contains five notebooks of appeals granted and refused. The notebooks contain lists of cases with varying amounts of information, such as the date, case number, names of platintiffs and defendents, whether the appeal was granted, which judge oversaw the case, and which session it was part of (Richmond, Staunton, Winchester, or Wytheville). The notebooks with overlapping dates contain different information.

Arranged chronologically.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    Appeals granted and refused (cases heard after Judge Moncure retired), 1877-1879.
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    Appeals granted and refused, 1895-1896.
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    Appeals granted and refused, 1896-1902.
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    Appeals granted and refused, 1896-1902.
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    Appeals granted and refused, 1903-1910.
Series II. Correspondence, 1894-1910.

Contains letters to and from Chief Justice previous hitJames next hit previous hitKeith next hit. The content of the letters includes genealogical and family-related subjects, as well as discussion of court decisions, his Civil War service, and the 1896 presidential election. Also included are letters to Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as letters to Elihu Root who served as Secretary of War under McKinley and Secretary of State under Roosevelt. Some folders contain only letters to Justice previous hitKeith next hit, others contain letters going both ways, and still others contain only copies of letters sent by Justice previous hitKeith next hit.

Arranged in two sections: correspondents with multiple letters (each correspondent gets a separate folder) and correspondents with single letters (many correspondents in one folder). Each section is arranged alphabetically by last name. At the end of the list is one subject folder (1896 election) and two folders of unidentified letters. The original order of the letters varied, and as such, this arrangement was the best compromise.

  • Multiple Letters.
    • Box 1
      Folder 6
      Anderson, Archer, 1903.
    • Box 1
      Folder 7
      Browning, Judith 1897.
    • Box 1
      Folder 8
      Buchanan, Judge John A., 1905.
    • Box 1
      Folder 9
      Burks, E.C. (Virginia Law Register), 1896.
    • Box 1
      Folder 10
      Caskie and Coleman, 1905.
    • Box 1
      Folder 11
      Cauthorn [?], Sara, 1897.
    • Box 1
      Folder 12
      Davis, Richard, 1905.
    • Box 1
      Folder 13
      Garden, Hugh, 1896-1904.
    • Box 1
      Folder 14
      Harlan, Judge John, 1898-1905.
    • Box 1
      Folder 15
      Grant, J.R., 1902-1903.
    • Box 1
      Folder 16
      previous hitKeith next hit, Annie, 1897-1899.
    • Box 1
      Folder 17
      previous hitKeith, Mary, 1897.
    • Box 2
      Folder 1
      Lane, William A., 1897.
    • Box 2
      Folder 2
      Lewis, William Draper, 1905.
    • Box 2
      Folder 3
      Meigs, S.E., 1905.
    • Box 2
      Folder 4
      Root, Elihu, 1901-1905.
    • Box 2
      Folder 5
      Smith, Thomas, 1902-1906.
    • Box 2
      Folder 6
      Tucker, J.R., 1896.
    • Box 2
      Folder 7
      Young, S.B., 1897.
  • Single Letters.
    • Box 2
      Folder 8
      Abbie and Imbrie - Braxton, 1894-1910.
    • Box 2
      Folder 9
      Brewer - Hunton, 1899-1905.
    • Box 2
      Folder 10
      "Kate" - Logan, 1894-1900.
    • Box 2
      Folder 11
      McClanahan - Minor, 1898-1905.
    • Box 2
      Folder 12
      Moore - Munford, 1894-1906.
    • Box 2
      Folder 13
      Payne - Roosevelt, 1896-1903.
    • Box 2
      Folder 14
      Stribling - West Publishing Company, 1905-1906.
  • Miscellaneous.
    • Box 2
      Folder 15
      1896 Presidential Campaign, 1895-1896.
    • Box 2
      Folder 16
      Unidentified "Judge" letters, 1902.
    • Box 2
      Folder 17
      Unidentified missing page, undated.
Series III. Miscellaneous Papers, 1843-1910.

Contains a variety of items including, but not limited to, financial documents, court papers, and speeches. Several of the documents are undated.

Arranged alphabetically by type of document.

  • Box 2
    Folder 18
    Checks, 1904.
  • Box 2
    Folder 19
    Checks, 1905.
  • Box 2
    Folder 20
    Checks, 1906.
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    Checks (stub book), 1910.
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    Court Documents (Green v. Smith), 1843-1879.
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    Court Opinion (W.O. Nolting v. National Bank of Virginia), undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    Manual of the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia, 1895-1896 Session, 1895.
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    Picture of Rufus W. Peckham (possibly a magazine insert), undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    Questions Propounded by the Court of Appeals to Applicants for License to Practice Law, 1900.
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    Receipts, 1898-1905.
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    Speech (about General Eppa Hunton), undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Speech (portrait installation, "Mr. Taylor"), undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Speech (portrait installation, Judge Henry W. Thomas), undated.
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    Unidentified writings (possibly related to election), undated.