Moncure, Richard C. L., was born in Stafford county, Virginia, in 1805. His great grandfather, Rev. John Moncure,
a native of Scotland, descended from a Huguenot refugee, settled in Virginia in the eighteenth century, and was
for many years in charge of the parish of Overwharton. Richard received his early training at the local schools,
and supplemented it by private reading. He was admitted to the bar in 1825, and soon attained the front rank. He
practiced in Fredericksburg and neighboring counties and the Supreme Court of Appeals at Richmond. He entered politics
in 1849, when a revision of the code was considered necessary. He was elected to the legislature and was placed
on the committee having charge ot this work, rendering valuable service. in 1851 he was appointed to fill the vacancy
occurring at the death of Judge Francis T. Brooke, but, the state Constitution being changed that year. the judges'
commissions were vacated and elections became necessarv. He was chosen as one of the five judges constituting the
Supreme Court. and held the position until the close of the war. H is tenure of office was temporarily suspended
during the reconstruction period (1865-1870), but on the adoption of the new constitution in 1870 he was again
elected, and held the position until his death. He was on the bench more than thirty years, and his decisions are
found in a large number of the Virginia reports. He married in early life. Mary Washington Conway. and had a large
family. His eldest son, J. C. Moncure, became a judge of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Judge Moncure died at
his home at Stafford, August 26, 1882.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915
Vol. 2 Prominent Persons in Virginia
Vol. 2 Judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals
Vol. 2 United States Senators
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