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John McNeese
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1843
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 5, 1914
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA was named in honor of John McNeese, a man called an innovator, a reformer and a great pioneer of education. And now, the university and his family officially opened John McNeese Park.
John McNeese was born in 1843 in New York. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, fighting at Gettysburg and eventually wound up in Lake Charles where he married and became an educator.

Though he studied law, education was his passion. And now, almost 100 years since his death, his legacy lives on through the institution that bears his name. His family, some of whom are alums, came from as far away as the Washington, D.C. for the opening of John McNeese Park.

McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams said it's a reminder of the unique connection here with the man known as the father of public education in Louisiana.

"We like to say that we're the only university in the state of Louisiana that's named for an educator and that's a great thing to be able to say. John McNeese was a pioneer in education, the first superintendent for the Imperial Calcasieu region and we've got his statue right here in campus now," Williams said.

Williams spoke of John McNeese's heroic commitment to education.

"He would walk around in the swamp going to see people on stilts, because it was so important for him that every person get an education in this region," McNeese said.

John McNeese family members here included his great great granddaughter Becky Andrews who hopes students will learn about the university's namesake and be inspired.

"He worked extremely hard to establish a funding basis for the school systems and for education in Louisiana. He is the father for sustained funding for education, quite frankly. He put in the state constitution property tax funding," Andrews said.

John McNeese died in 1914 at the age of 70 and is buried in Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles.




October 25, 2012 KPLC TV 
 
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 Spouse:
  Susan Bilbo McNeese (1851 - 1927)
 
 Children:
  William Lehman McNeese (1894 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Orange Grove Cemetery
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Created by: Gloria Bello
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
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John McNeese
Added by: Gloria Bello
 
John McNeese
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John McNeese
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You never know what can happen driving a herd of Texas cattle. You, John McNeese proved that point. Rest now in peace, Sir. You and your story are to be proud of.
- Drover
 Added: Dec. 15, 2014

- Enalior
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
You were remembered in Lake Charles, La. by the many who have been educated at the "McNeese State University" named after you. Rest in Peace......
- Charles T. Baggett
 Added: Oct. 26, 2012
 
 
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