—a record that stands today. He also received the Jackson Medal for Most Distinguished Student four years in a row.
Slemp began his law studies in 1891 at the University of Virginia, completing his courses in one year, and then began studying for the Bar Exam. Slemp served as Commandant of Cadets at the Marion Military Institute for one year after which he was hired as Principal of the Stonega Academy in Big Stone Gap. After teaching at VMI as Professor of Mathematics for several years, he was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1901. At that time, he returned to Big Stone Gap to finally begin practicing law.
Bascom Slemp’s father, a colonel of the 64th Army during the Civil War, passed away in 1907 while serving as Virginia’s Ninth District Congressman. Slemp succeeded his father in Congress and was elected
to seven additional consecutive terms.