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.
Engraving, in French, under the lion:
don't be affected by the tears on the inscription,
largest catholic church
adjacent cemetery lies buried
Restored Home of Jacques Dupre
Relocated to Pointe Coupee Parish
Hwy 414, Chenal, La
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