Louis E. McComas

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Louis E. McComas
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Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
In office
June 26, 1905 – November 10, 1907
Appointed byTheodore Roosevelt
Preceded byMartin Ferdinand Morris
Succeeded byJosiah Alexander Van Orsdel
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905
Preceded byArthur Pue Gorman
Succeeded byIsidor Rayner
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
In office
November 17, 1892 – March 3, 1899
Appointed byBenjamin Harrison
Preceded byMartin V. Montgomery
Succeeded byHarry M. Clabaugh
United States Representative from Maryland's 6th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byMilton Urner
Succeeded byWilliam McMahon McKaig
Personal details
Born
Louis Emory McComas

(1846-10-28)October 28, 1846
Hagerstown, Maryland
DiedNovember 10, 1907(1907-11-10) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeRose Hill Cemetery
Hagerstown, Maryland
Political partyRepublican
RelativesKatharine Byron
Goodloe Byron

Louis Emory McComas (October 28, 1846 – November 10, 1907) was a United States Senator and a United States Representative from Maryland, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia and an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.

Education and career[edit]

Born on October 28, 1846, near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland,[1] McComas attended St. James College (now St. James School) in Maryland,[2] then graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1866 and read law in 1868.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Hagerstown from 1868 to 1892.[1]

Congressional service[edit]

McComas was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1876 to the 45th United States Congress.[2] He was elected as a Republican from Maryland's 6th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 48th United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1891.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the 52nd United States Congress.[2] He was the secretary of the Republican National Committee in 1892.[2]

Later career[edit]

During the period after his departure from the United States House of Representatives until his federal judicial appointment, McComas resumed private practice in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He also was a Professor of International Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.[2]

Supreme Court of the District of Columbia service[edit]

McComas received a recess appointment from President Benjamin Harrison on November 17, 1892, to an Associate Justice seat on the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now the United States District Court for the District of Columbia) vacated by Associate Justice Martin V. Montgomery.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Harrison on December 6, 1892.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 25, 1893, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on March 3, 1899, due to his resignation.[1]

Senate service[edit]

McComas was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate from Maryland and served from March 4, 1899, until March 3, 1905.[2] He was Chairman of the Committee on Organization, Conduct, and Expenditures of Executive Departments for the 56th United States Congress and Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor for the 57th and 58th United States Congresses.[2]

Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia service[edit]

McComas received a recess appointment from President Theodore Roosevelt on June 26, 1905, to an Associate Justice seat on the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia (now the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit) vacated by Associate Justice Martin Ferdinand Morris.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Roosevelt on December 5, 1905.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 6, 1905, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on November 10, 1907, due to his death in Washington, D.C.[1] He was interred in Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown.[2]

Family[edit]

McComas's granddaughter, Katharine Byron, and great-grandson, Goodloe Byron, also represented Maryland in the United States House of Representatives, both from the same seat held by McComas.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Louis Emory McComas at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j United States Congress. "Louis E. McComas (id: M000351)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Sources[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Milton Urner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

1883–1891
Succeeded by
William McMahon McKaig
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Arthur Pue Gorman
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maryland
1899–1905
Served alongside: George L. Wellington, Arthur Pue Gorman
Succeeded by
Isidor Rayner
Legal offices
Preceded by
Martin V. Montgomery
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
1892–1899
Succeeded by
Harry M. Clabaugh
Preceded by
Martin Ferdinand Morris
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
1905–1907
Succeeded by
Josiah Alexander Van Orsdel