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Jacques Dupre
8th
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Arnaud J. Beauvais
Governor by Succession
Served from January 14, 1830
Served to January 31, 1831
Left Office by Election of Roman
Succeeded by Andre B. Roman
 
Military Major - Louisiana Militia
16th Regimant
Battle of New Orleans
 
Born February 12, 1773
New Orleans
Died September 14, 1846
at home, Bayou Boeuf
Cause  
Age 73
 
Party Whig
Education  
Profession Cattleman
 
Spouse Theotiste Roy
Children 7
Plantation  
Religion Catholic
Burial St. Landry Cemetery

1830-1831

Jacques Dupre, the 8th Governor of Louisiana, died in 1846.  He is the middle figure in the bonze relief of three short term Louisiana governors.

Henry Thibodaux is the leftmost figure and Arnaud Beauvais is the rightmost.  These three governors served less than 18 months cumulatively.

He was born in New Orleans and raised in St. Landry Parish.  He received a Royal Spanish grant along Bayou Boeuf where he raised seven children.  Two of his sons fought with him in the Battle of New Orleans where he was a Major in the 16th Regiment of the Louisiana Militia.

He served two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives and then as a Senator.  He was chosen as President of the Senate in 1830 when Governor Pierre Derbigny died and Armand Beauvais, the President of the Senate, lost an election for President of the Senate on the fourth ballot to Jacques Dupre.

Two acting governors in a year caused a constitutional crisis resulting in a call for a special election for governor in July of 1830.  Governor Jacques Dupre chose not to run and returned to the Senate for 16 more years after Roman was sworn in as governor.

He was acting governor for one year.

He is interred at St. Landry Catholic Cemetery in Opelousas.

 


The Jacques Dupre Memorial

 

Another view of the Jacques Dupre Memorial with a lion and a lamb.

 

The lion.

The lamb.

 

Engraving, in French, under the lion:

Here Reposes
JACQUES DUPRE
Died the 14th September, 1846
Age of 71 years


"He was a good husband, good father, and generous friend
Whose death caused the tears of his family and the regret of his friends."

"Stranger, don't be affected by the tears on the inscription,
rather by the tears of those who read them and weep."

ST. LANDRY
CATHOLIC CHURCH

The second largest catholic church
in the south was established in 1776
and was named after the Bishop of
Paris in 650.  Two former pastors
are buried beneath its floor.
Jim Bowie, hero of the Alamo, was
baptized and married here in 1814.

In the adjacent cemetery lies buried
General Carrigues de Flaujeac,
Brigadier General in the State Militia,
and also Governor Jacques Dupre.
Confederate war veterans
and other prominent residents
are also interred here.

Project of the
Opelousas U.S. Bicentennial Commission
1976

Restored Home of Jacques Dupre

Relocated to Pointe Coupee Parish

Hwy 414, Chenal, La

 

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