Alfred Briggs Irion

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Alfred Briggs Irion
United States Representative from Louisiana's 6th congressional district
In office
1885–1887
Preceded by Edward T. Lewis
Succeeded by Edward White Robertson
Personal details
Born (1833-02-18)February 18, 1833
Louisiana Evergreen

Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, USA

Died May 21, 1903(1903-05-21) (aged 70)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Resting place Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Relations Alvan Lafargue (grandson)

Malcolm Lafargue (great-grandson)
Adolphe Lafargue (son-in-law)

Children At least two daughters:

Annie and Emma Lafargue

Residence Marksville and Evergreen
in Avoyelles Parish
Alma mater Franklin College in Opelousas, Louisiana

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Occupation Lawyer and farmer

Alfred Briggs Irion (February 18, 1833   May 21, 1903) was a U. S. Representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district.

Born near rural Evergreen in Avoyelles Parish, Irion attended the common schools, Franklin College in Opelousas, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1855. He studied law privately and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He launched his practice in Marksville, the seat of government of Avoyelles Parish. He served as delegate to the Louisiana secession convention in 1860 and opposed the secession of the southern states.

During the Civil War, Irion served in the Confederate States Army. He was attached to General Walker's division under Colonel Randall. He served as member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1864 and 1865. when he returned to his law practice. He was the editor of a local newspaper in Marksville from 1866 to 1874. He moved to his native Evergreen in 1870 and engaged there in planting. He continued the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits.He was a member of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention in 1879. From 1880 to 1884, he served as judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit.

Irion was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885   March 3, 1887) but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination. He died in New Orleans and is interred in the Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen, Louisiana.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward T. Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

1885–1887
Succeeded by
Edward White Robertson