Louisiana Governor. He participated in the Battle of New Orleans as a Major General of the State Militia, and was a member of the first State Constitutional Convention. He was elected second governor of Louisiana in 1816 and served until 1820. During his administration, the state became prosperous, and he tried to mediate differences between the American and Creole populations. He endorsed laws that would prohibit imprisonment for debt; impose the death penalty upon any person killing another in a duel; and decree a fine or imprisonment against anyone who tried to corrupt a judge, obstruct a public road, or keep a house of ill-repute. When he left office, he returned to his sugar plantation southeast of New Orleans. He tried unsuccessfully to return to the governorship in 1824 and died at his plantation in 1830.
Bio by: Thomas Fisher
FIRST NATIVE-BORN GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
Jeanne Henriette de Fazende Villere
1765–1826 (m. 1784)