EPES, Sydney Parham (1865-1900)

EPES, SYDNEY PARHAM, (cousin of James Fletcher Epes and William Bacon Oliver), a Representative from Virginia; born near Nottoway Court House, Nottoway County, Va., August 20, 1865; moved with his parents to Kentucky and settled near Franklin, Ky.; attended the public schools; returned to Virginia in 1884 and edited and published a Democratic newspaper at Blackstone, Va.; member of the house of delegates in 1891 and 1892; register of the Virginia land office 1895-1897; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1897, until March 23, 1898, when he was succeeded by Robert T. Thorp, who contested the election; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1899, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 3, 1900; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Blackstone, Va.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1890-1910, 400 items.
Correspondence and other papers concerning Virginia politics in the Fourth Congressional District, especially Sydney Epes's campaign for Congress in 1897 and legal action involving Robert Taylor Thorpe who contested the election. Includes letters addressed to Robert C. Kilmartin, of Petersburg, Va., William Hodges Mann, Thoams Staples Martin. Correspondents include Joseph Button, James Taylor Ellyson, James Fletcher Epes, James Hay, William Atkinson Jones, John Lamb, Francis Rives Lassiter, Henry St. George Tucker, and Walter Allen Watson.

Papers: In the James Taylor Ellyson Papers, ca. 1865-1910, approximately 1,500 items.
Correspondents include Sydney Parham Epes. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.