Louis E. McWhorter
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Louis E. McWhorter

Hon. Louis E. McWhorter, junior member of the well known law firm of H.C. & L.E. McWhorter, at Charleston, W.Va., is one of the representative members of the Kanawha County Bar and citizen of public worth. He was born November 30, 1856, at Spencer, Roane County, Va., and is a son of Hon. J.M. and Julia A (Stalnaker) McWhorter.

Judge J.M. McWhorter, father of Louis E., has long been identified with public life in this section, in 1863 representing Roane County in the state legislature, and serving as the first auditor of West Virginia, from 1865 to 1869. Later he removed to Greenbrier County, and in 1870 was appointed circuit judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit; again, in 1896, he became circuit judge of the Tenth Judicial District. He was married first to Julia A Stalnaker, who died in 1869, having been the mother of ten children. Judge McWhorter was married secondly in 1870 to Julia Kinsley.

Louis E. McWhorter was educated first in the public schools of Greenbrier County and later at Lewisburg Academy. He then entered upon the study of the law, under the supervision of his father and also under that of Hon. H.C. McWhorter, afterward entering the law department of the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville. He was admitted to the bar in 1882 but did not enter actively into practice until four years later, when he formed a partnership with Judge H.C. McWhorter, which continued until 1897, when Judge McWhorter retired from practice in order to assume the duties of judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals. Shortly afterwards, Louis E McWhorter became associated in practice with Isaac Loewenstein, and this partnership lasted until May 31, 1909. In the meanwhile Judge McWhorter had retired form his high public office and on August 1, 1909, again resumed private practice in partnership with L.E. McWhorter, under the old firm name of H.C. & L.E. McWhorter, with offices in the Alderson-Stephenson Building.

Mr. McWhorter was married June 27, 1883, to Miss Emma M Champe, a daughter of Sewall and Almeda Champe. Five children were born to them, four daughters and one son: Julia, Almeda, Lou Emma, Louis Edwin and Ruth Annette. Julia, the eldest, died April 17, 1904. They are members of the State Street Methodist Episcopal church. In politics Mr. McWhorter is a Republican, and he represented Kanawha County in the House of Delegates in 1905, and was city attorney for the city of Charleston, from April, 1905 to April, 1907. His residence is at No. 110 Bradford Street, Charleston. Mr. McWhorter is a liberal and public spirited citizen. He lives up to the demands of the day and takes an earnest interest in the institutions and enterprises which promise to build up the prosperity of this section.


Taken from History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens, W.S. Laidley, Richmond Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, 1911.

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