Paul Octave Hebert was the 15th governor of Louisiana.
He was born on November 12, 1818 in Iberville Parish at Bayou Goula and died from cancer on August 29, 1880 in New Orleans after returning from Allegany Springs, Va.
Interment was at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Bayou Goula, La, which was eventually lost to the Mississippi River. Reinterment was at St. Raphael Cemetery in Point Pleasant, located just upriver from Bayou Goula.
Point Pleasant was the site of the Iberville Parish seat for a while. It was moved to Plaquemine.
Paul Hebert graduated first out of forty-two in the U. S. Military Academy class of 1840. Others in the class were William T. Sherman, who graduated 4th. He remained at West Point as Assistant Professor of Engineering before being appointed Chief Engineer for Louisiana by Gov. Mouton.
He then served in the Mexican War in the battles of Contreras, Molino de Ray and Chapultepee and the assault on Mexico City. He was brevetted Colonel on September 8, 1847.
In 1851 he was appointed one of the Commissioners to World's Fair in France. In 1852 he served on a convention for a new state constitution. He was elected Governor in 1852 but was so ill with typhoid fever that Chief Justice Hyams came to Hebert's home in Bayou Goula to administer the oath of office.
He appointed Gen. W. T. Sherman as President of the Louisiana Military Academy at Alexander.
Gov. Hebert served during the worst epidemic of yellow fever to ever attack Louisiana.
During Gov. Hebert's term, Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War in the administration of President Pierce. In early 1861, Jefferson Davis appointed Ex-Gov. Hebert one of five Brigadier Generals of the Provisional Army and all were later appointed the same in the Confederate Army.
Although anti-Grant after the war, Grant in 1873 appointed Hebert one of the Commissioners of Engineers for the Mississippi levee.
Paul Hebert was first married to Marie Coralie Vaughn, daughter of Thomas Vaughn, owner of the plantation and home called White Castle. She died in 1847. Her grave is pictured below.
Hebert's second wife, Penelope Lynch Andrews, is the granddaughter of Christopher Adams and Susan Johnson. After moving to Louisiana, Christopher bought considerable land along the Mississippi River that became known as Bellegrove. His son-in-law, John Andrews had the home built which was known as Belle Grove Plantation located just outside of White Castle, La. The home was completed in 1857.
Paul O. Hebert was a Confederate brigadier general during the war.
Hebert, P. O., Col., F. and S., 1st La. Hvy. Arty. (Regulars). Roll dated New Orleans, La., April 11, 1861 (only Roll on file), En. April 11, 1861. Roster dated Feb. 19, 1864, Apptd. Brig. Gen., Aug. 14, 1861.
Above from Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers by Andrew B. Booth
Governor Hebert's first wife is buried nearby. The large stone in the foreground is that of Marie Coralie Vaughn Hebert. She preceded him in death by 33 years.
In the background, behind the tree, is the Governor Hebert memorial.
Marie Coralie (Vaughn) Hebert
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