108th Virginia General Assembly

The 108th Virginia General Assembly was the meeting of the legislative branch of the Virginia state government from 1914 to 1916, after the 1913 state elections. It convened in Richmond for two sessions.[1][2][3]

108th Virginia General Assembly
107th 109th
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Legislative bodyVirginia General Assembly
JurisdictionVirginia, United States
TermJanuary 14, 1914 (1914-01-14) – January 12, 1916 (1916-01-12)
Senate of Virginia
Members40 senators
PresidentJ. Taylor Ellyson (D)
President pro temporeEdward Echols (D)
until December 19, 1914
C. Harding Walker (D)
from January 13, 1915
Party controlDemocratic Party
Virginia House of Delegates
Members100 delegates
SpeakerEdwin P. Cox (D)
Party controlDemocratic Party
1stJanuary 14, 1914 (1914-01-14) – March 20, 1914 (1914-03-20)
2ndJanuary 13, 1915 (1915-01-13) – March 19, 1915 (1915-03-19)


Party summaryEdit

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section, below.


(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican
End of previous session 33 0 5 39 1
Begin 35 0 5 40 0
April 8, 1914 34 39 1
April 13, 1914 33 38 2
June 25, 1914 32 37 3
December 19, 1914 31 36 4
January 13, 1915 34 39 1
January 23, 1915 35 40 0
Latest voting share 88% 13%
Beginning of next session 35 1 4 40 0



Map of Virginia's senatorial districts as they were in 1914
Office Officer
President of the Senate   J. Taylor Ellyson (D)
President pro tempore   Edward Echols (D)
until December 19, 1914
  C. Harding Walker (D)
from January 13, 1915
Majority Floor Leader   Saxon W. Holt (D)
Minority Floor Leader   Edmund Parr (R)


District Senator Party Constituency Began serving
1st   Benjamin F. Buchanan Democratic Washington, Smyth, and city of Bristol 1914
(previously served 1893-1897)
2nd   John H. Catron Republican Scott, Lee, and Wise 1912
3rd   J. Powell Royall Republican Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell 1912
4th   John M. Hart Democratic Roanoke, Montgomery, and cities of Roanoke and Radford 1908
5th   Alexander G. Crockett Democratic Giles, Bland, Pulaski, and Wythe 1912
6th   Edmund Parr Republican Carroll, Grayson, and Patrick 1912
(previously served 1895-1899)
7th   William A. Rinehart Democratic Craig, Botetourt, Allegheny, Bath, and city of Clifton Forge 1912
8th   John Paul, Jr. Republican Rockingham 1912
9th   Edward Echols Democratic Augusta, Highland, and city of Staunton 1906
(previously served 1889-1897)
10th   Frank S. Tavenner Democratic Shenandoah, Frederick, and city of Winchester 1912
(previously served 1904-1908)
11th   G. Latham Fletcher Democratic Fauquier and Loudoun 1908
12th   R. S. Blackburn Smith Democratic Clarke, Page, and Warren 1912
13th   Richard C. L. Moncure Democratic Spotsylvania, Stafford, Louisa, and city of Fredericksburg 1912
14th   R. Ewell Thornton Democratic Alexandria county, Prince William, Fairfax, and city of Alexandria 1908
15th   Clyde T. Bowers Democratic Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock, and Orange 1912
16th   John B. Watkins Democratic Goochland, Powhatan, and Chesterfield 1908
17th   Nathaniel B. Early Democratic Albemarle, Greene, and city of Charlottesville 1908
18th   Sands Gayle Democratic Appomattox, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Charlotte 1910
19th   Bland Massie Democratic Amherst and Nelson 1912
(previously served 1897-1906)
20th   Howell C. Featherston Democratic Campbell and city of Lynchburg 1912
21st   Henry A. Edmondson Democratic Halifax 1908
22nd William T. Paxton Democratic Bedford, Rockbridge, and city of Buena Vista 1914
23rd   William A. Garrett Democratic Pittsylvania, Henry, and city of Danville 1901
24th   George T. Rison Democratic Pittsylvania and city of Danville 1904
25th   William D. Blanks Democratic Mecklenburg and Brunswick 1912
26th   Valentine M. Sowder Republican Franklin and Floyd 1912
27th   Alexander R. Hobbs Democratic Greensville, Sussex, Surry, and Prince George 1901
28th   Robert K. Brock Democratic Nottoway, Amelia, Lunenburg, Prince Edward, and Cumberland 1912
29th   Patrick H. Drewry Democratic Dinwiddie and city of Petersburg 1912
30th   Junius E. West Democratic Isle of Wight, Southampton, and Nansemond 1912
31st   John A. Lesner Democratic Norfolk city 1908
32nd   Charles U. Gravatt Democratic Caroline, Hanover, and King William 1908
33rd   Samuel T. Montague Democratic Norfolk county and city of Portsmouth 1912
34th   C. Harding Walker Democratic King George, Richmond, Westmoreland, Lancaster, and Northumberland 1899
35th   Louis O. Wendenburg Democratic Henrico, New Kent, Charles City, James City, and city of Williamsburg 1912
36th   Saxon W. Holt Democratic Elizabeth City, York, Warwick, and city of Newport News 1904
37th   G. Walter Mapp Democratic Accomac, Northampton, and Princess Anne 1912
38th   James E. Cannon Democratic Richmond city 1914
  Arthur C. Harman Democratic 1904
39th   John R. Saunders Democratic King and Queen, Middlesex, Essex, Gloucester, and Mathews 1908

Changes in membershipEdit


  • April 8, 1914, John M. Hart (D-4th district) resigns to accept appointment as Collector of Internal Revenue for the Western District of Virginia. Replaced by William L. Andrews at start of extra session.
  • April 13, 1914, Richard C. L. Moncure (D-13th district) resigns to accept appointment as Collector of Internal Revenue for the Eastern District of Virginia. Replaced by C. O'Conor Goolrick at start of extra session.
  • June 25, 1914, Samuel T. Montague (D-33rd district) resigned to become postmaster of Portsmouth. Replaced by William C. Corbitt at start of extra session.
  • December 19, 1914, Edward Echols (D-9th district) dies. Replaced by William H. Landes at start of extra session.

House of DelegatesEdit


Office Officer
Speaker of the House Edwin P. Cox (D)
Majority Floor Leader Martin Williams (D)
Minority Floor Leader (R)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia: Session 1914. Richmond: Virginia State Library. 1914. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Journal of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Session 1914. Richmond: Virginia State Library. 1914. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Journal of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Session 1915. Richmond: Virginia State Library. 1915. Retrieved April 12, 2014.