William T. Brotherton Jr.

William T. Brotherton Jr. graduated from W&L in 1947 and from its law school in 1950. Two years later, he won election to the West Virginia House of Delegates from Charleston. This was the beginning of a four-decade career in West Virginia politics that included time as House majority leader, Senate president, and Supreme Court chief justice.

Former West Virginia House Speaker Lewis McManus has said that Brotherton's career was "marked by integrity, dedication, compassion and a pride in his native state that is unparalleled." He was named West Virginian of the Year in 1970 by the (Charleston) Sunday Gazette-Mail. Washington and Lee honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1995. He died April 6, 1997 in Charleston.