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Joel West FLOOD

(1894-1964)

FLOOD, Joel West, (brother of Henry De La Warr Flood and uncle of Harry Flood Byrd), a Representative from Virginia; born near Appomattox, Appomattox County, Va., August 2, 1894; attended the public schools, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and Oxford University; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1917 and commenced practice in Appomattox, Va.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; served from March 29, 1918, until his discharge July 18, 1919, as a private in Company A, Three Hundred and Fifth Engineers, Eightieth Division; served as colonel on the staff of Gov. E. Lee Trinkle of Virginia 1922-1926; elected Commonwealth attorney of Appomattox County in 1919 and served until November 8, 1932, having been elected to Congress; special assistant to the attorney general of Virginia from April 1, 1928, to July 1, 1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry St. George Tucker and served from November 8, 1932, to March 3, 1933; was not a candidate for election to the Seventy-third Congress; resumed the practice of law and agricultural pursuits; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1936; appointed assistant United States attorney for the western district of Virginia and served from June 1, 1939, to January 28, 1940; elected as a judge of the fifth judicial circuit of Virginia in January 1940, in which capacity he served until his death in Richmond, Va., April 27, 1964; interment in the Flood Mausoleum, Appomattox Courthouse Square.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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