Henry S. Thibodaux
|Henry S. Thibodaux|
|28th; 4th after U.S. Statehood. Governor of Louisiana|
November 15, 1824 – December 13, 1824
|Preceded by||Thomas B. Robertson|
|Born||1761 to 1769
Albany, New York
|Died||October 23, 1827
|Political party||National Republican|
|Children||Henry Claiborne Thibodaux
Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux
Henry Schuyler Thibodaux (1769 – October 23, 1827) was a planter and politician, who served one month in 1824 as the fourth Governor of Louisiana. At the time that Governor Thomas B. Robertson resigned in 1824 to accept appointment as a federal judge, Thibodeaux was President of the State Senate and succeeded him as Acting Governor, until Henry Johnson was elected.
Early life and family
Thibodaux's birth and parents are shrouded in mystery. He is thought to have been born either in Albany, New York or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Alexis Thibodeaux and Marie Anne Blanchard of Nicolet, Quebec, Acadian refugees who were expelled from their homeland by the British after they defeated the French in the Seven Years War (known as the French and Indian War in North America). Thibodaux was orphaned (his family was thought to have been deported from Pennsylvania) and adopted by General Philip Schuyler, a American Revolutionary War hero.  Thibodaux spent his childhood in the United States and is believed to have been sent to Scotland in the 1780s for his education.
After returning to the United States, Thibodaux moved to Louisiana in 1794, while it was under nominal control of the Spanish. He first settled on what was known as "the Acadian coast" in St. James Parish.
Marriage and family
Thibodeaux was married twice, first to Félicité Bonvillain, who bore him three children before she died a few years later. Then he married Brigitte Bélanger, with whom he had five children; among them was Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux, who was elected as a Democratic Member of Congress in the 1840s. Before entering politics, Bannon Thibodeaux practiced the trade of shoemaker. In total, Thibodaux had five sons; Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux was later elected by the state legislature as a United States Senator from Louisiana.
The senior Thibodaux moved from St. James to Lafourche Parish when he received a land grant from Spanish Governor Baron de Carondelet. He developed a plantation he named for Ste. Bridget. Thibodeaux was later elected Justice of the Peace and to the Territorial Legislature after the United States acquired and organized the Louisiana Territory.
After Louisiana became a state, from 1812-1824, Thibodaux served as a State Senator representing Lafourche Parish and was elected as President of the State Senate in 1824. When Governor Thomas B. Robertson resigned to accept an appointment as a federal judge, Thibodaux succeeded him, serving as Acting Governor until Henry Johnson was elected.
Thibodaux was campaigning for the elected seat of governor in 1827 when he died on October 23, while touring near Bayou Terrebonne. Thibodaux is interred at Halfway Cemetery in Schriever, Louisiana.
Legacy and honors
- The city of Thibodaux, Louisiana is named after him.
- His son, Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux was elected as a US Representative and Senator.
- Biography of Henry S. Thibodeaux, State of Louisiana
- Cemetery Memorial by La-Cemeteries
- Henry S. Thibodaux at Find a Grave
Thomas B. Robertson
|Governor of Louisiana