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James Fletcher Epes (May 23, 1842 – August 24, 1910) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, cousin of Sydney Parham Epes.

James Fletcher Epes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895
Preceded byJohn M. Langston
Succeeded byWilliam R. McKenney
Personal details
Born(1842-05-23)May 23, 1842
Blackstone, Virginia
DiedAugust 24, 1910(1910-08-24) (aged 68)
"The Old Place," Blackstone, Virginia
Resting placeLake View Cemetery[1]
Blackstone, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
UnitVirginia 3rd Virginia Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born near Blackstone, Virginia, Epes attended private schools and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate States Army in Company E, Third Virginia Cavalry. He was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, in 1867. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice at Nottoway Court House, Virginia. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as prosecuting attorney for Nottoway County during the years 1870–1883.

Epes was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1894. He retired to his plantation, "The Old Place," near Blackstone, and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death there August 24, 1910. He was interred in Lake View Cemetery, Blackstone, Virginia.


  • 1890; Epes was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 57.15% of the vote, defeating Republican John Mercer Langston.
  • 1892; Epes was re-elected with 52.19% of the vote, defeating Populist J. Thomas Goode.


  1. ^ "James Fletcher Epes". Find A Grave. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Compiled service records of Confederate Soldiers who served in organizations from the State of Virginia". National Archives. Retrieved 22 May 2018.