George K. Favrot
|George K. Favrot|
|Born||November 26, 1868|
|Died||December 26, 1934(aged 66)|
Born in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Favrot attended the public schools and was graduated from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1888 and from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1890. He was admitted to the bar in 1890 and commenced practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He served as district attorney of the twenty-second judicial district of Louisiana 1892-1896. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896. He served as delegate at large to the State constitutional convention in 1898. He again served as district attorney 1900-1904. He served as district judge 1904-1906.
Favrot was elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1908. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1912-1916. He resumed the practice of law in Baton Rouge.
Favrot was elected to the Sixty-seventh and Sixty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1925). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1924 to the Sixty-ninth Congress. He returned to the practice of law in Baton Rouge.
Favrot was elected judge of division B of the nineteenth judicial district court in 1926 and served until his death in Baton Rouge December 26, 1934. He was interred in Roselawn Memorial Park. On the evening of November 6, 1906, George K. Favrot shot and murdered Dr. Robert H. Aldrich. It had been alleged that Dr. Aldrich had slandered Favrot’s wife’s name at a party to celebrate the re-election of Representative Favrot to Congress. After stalking Dr. Aldrich for several days after the alleged slander, he finally ambushed the Dr. as he was entering his own building’s lobby and fired three shots from behind killing Dr. Aldrich. Favrot turned himself in to his friends Deputy Sheriff Milligan and his running-mate and current District Attorney Hubert Wax. Favrot was placed in jail for five months while two separate Grand Juries debated the charges against him, however, he was released after both Grand Juries refused to indict. He was being represented by his friend and fellow Judge Thomas J. Kernan. His defense was purported to be based on an ‘unwritten law’ about the slandering of one’s wife and had been presented by his lawyer at the last annual meeting of the American Bar Association, who argued in favor of recognition of this ‘principle’. While Favrot served five months in jail awaiting the Grand Jury’s determination, Congress kept his seat open. REFERENCES: NY TIMES NEWSPAPER 11/8/1906 AND 4/12/1907