Joel West Flood

Joel West Flood ( born August 2, 1894 Appomattox County, Virginia, † April 27, 1964 in Richmond, Virginia ) was an American politician. In the years 1932 and 1933, he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joel Flood was the younger brother of Congressman Henry D. Flood (1865-1921) and the uncle of U.S. Senator and Governor Harry F. Byrd ( 1887-1966 ). He attended the common schools and then studied at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the University of Oxford in England. After studying law and his 1917 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in this profession in Appomattox. He also worked in agriculture. Between March 1918 and July 1919, he served as a soldier during the final stages of World War I in the U.S. Army. In the years 1922-1926 he was on the staff of Governor Elbert Lee Trinkle. From 1919 to 1932 he was a professional prosecutor in Appomattox County. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party.

After the death of Mr Henry St. George Tucker III Flood was in the overdue election for the tenth seat of Virginia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 8 November 1932. Since he resigned at the regular congressional elections of 1932 on a bid again, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1933.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Flood again worked as a lawyer and in agriculture. In June 1936 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in part, was nominated to the President Franklin D. Roosevelt for re-election. From 1940 until his death was Flood judge in the fifth Judicial District of Virginia. He died on April 27, 1964 in Richmond.