1829 - 1830
Arnaud Jules Beauvais is the 7th Governor of Louisiana and the rightmost figure in the bronze relief of three short term Louisiana governors.
Jacques Dupre is the middle figure and Henry Thibodaux is the leftmost. These three governors served less than 18 months cumulatively.
Beauvais was the President of the State Senate and upon the death of his predecessor Pierre Derbigny, he succeeded to Governor of Louisiana.
When the legislature resumed deliberations after the death of Derbigny they decided that an election for governor would be held on the first Monday of July, 1830. Then the legislature, on January 14, 1830, proceeded to elect Jacques Dupre as President of the Senate in place of previous President Arnaud Beauvais. As President of the Senate, Dupre succeeded to the position of Governor in place of Beauvais.
Beauvais had lost the election to President of the Senate and then Governor on the fourth ballot of the legislature. He was acting governor for only a little over three months.
In 1839 he had financial problems resulting in the loss of all of his property in Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana parishes in a public auction.
Beauvais and wife Louise moved to New Orleans and lived in a house supplied by his brother-in-law Jean Baptist Labatut.
He died November 18, 1843 in New Orleans and was buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 right behind the tomb of his brother-in-law.
A niece, Coralie Beauvais Guibert, is buried in Locust Grove Cemetery in West Feliciana Parish.
Arnaud Beauvais Tomb
It is believed that the governor's wife, Louise Labatut Beauvais, is also buried in the above pictured tomb, but a record has not been provided yet. The engraving of the missing stone would have had some of the following data:
Arnaud Jules Beauvais
Born: 6 Sept.
1783 in Pointe Coupee
Louise Delphine Labatut Beauvais
Born in New
Governor Beauvais' interment in this tomb in 1843 has obviously been unknown for a number of generations.
The Catholic Archdiocese archivist, Ms. Dorenda Dupont, responded on April 20, 2009 to an information request from researcher Mrs. Dee Dee Denise DiBenedetto with the following record:
A site visit by Mrs. DiBenedetto and Martin Gauthier on May 1, 2009 resulted in the location of the tomb and these pictures. Mrs. DiBenedetto, having done extensive Beauvais research, immediately recognized the names on the tombs adjacent to the unmarked tomb. The plot plan and archdiocese record provided the final proof.
The Archdiocese has been notified of these findings and condition of the tomb, of which they were certainly unaware. In 1972, the Archdiocese restored the tomb of Governor Jaques Villeré, also in the same cemetery. Governor Louis Wiltz, located close to Gov. Villeré, has a tomb that is in excellent condition and under perpetual care.
Below is the plot plan of the part of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 that hosts Governor Beauvais. Outlined in RED are the references in the Archdiocese record.
CONTI ST. is at the bottom of the plot plan. The Line of PRIEST'S is the alley at the top. "Second path on the left side" is Alley No. 2 - L. Tomb No. 10 is outlined in GREEN. East is to the left side of the plot plan. Therefore, Tomb 10 faces the rising sun.
Partial Plot Plan of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2
Tomb 9 is to right of the Beauvais Tomb 10
A. Blanc Tomb
Tomb No. 9,
Alley No. 1 - L
On Left Side
Evariste Blanc is
the brother-in-law of Arnaud Beauvais
On Right Side
FELICITE St. MARTIN
Marie Felicite St. Martin Labatut is the mother-in-law of Arnaud Beauvais
Resting on Top
J. B. LABATUT
remaining engraving is unreadable
Jean Baptiste Labatut is the father-in-law of Arnaud Beauvais
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