Elbert Lee Trinkle

Elbert Lee Trinkle
49th Governor of Virginia
In office
February 1, 1922  February 1, 1926
Lieutenant Junius E. West
Preceded by Westmoreland Davis
Succeeded by Harry F. Byrd
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 12, 1916  January 11, 1922
Preceded by Alexander G. Crockett
Succeeded by John H. Crockett
Personal details
Born Elbert Lee Trinkle
(1876-03-12)March 12, 1876
Wytheville, Virginia, U.S.
Died November 25, 1939(1939-11-25) (aged 63)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place East End Cemetery
Wytheville, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Ball Sexton (m. 1914)
Alma mater Hampden–Sydney College
University of Virginia
Religion Presbyterian

Elbert Lee Trinkle (March 12, 1876 – November 25, 1939) was an American politician who served as the 49th Governor of Virginia from 1922 to 1926.


On March 12, 1876, Trinkle was born in Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia, as the youngest son of the prominent Trinkle family. After graduating from Hampden–Sydney College, he studied law at the University of Virginia, where he was manager of the Virginia Glee Club,[1] and later opened a Wytheville law practice.

Trinkle served as the chairman and an elector of the Democratic Party in 1916. He served two terms in the Virginia Senate before his election as governor. Trinkle also acted as a delegate for Virginia to the Democratic National Convention in 1924 and 1928. On November 25, 1939, he died in Richmond, Virginia and was interred in East End Cemetery in Wytheville. Trinkle Hall (formally known as Trinkle Library) on the campus of the University of Mary Washington and Trinkle Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary are both named in his honor, as he helped secure funding to construct the buildings. Trinkle Hall on the Radford University campus is also named for him.


1921; Trinkle was elected Governor of Virginia with 64.6% of the vote over Republican Henry W. Anderson and Black-and-tan Republican John Mitchell, Jr.


  1. Corks and Curls. 11. 1898. pp. 190–191.

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Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Alexander G. Crockett
Virginia Senator for the 5th District
Succeeded by
John H. Crockett
Political offices
Preceded by
Westmoreland Davis
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Harry F. Byrd
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