Henry S. Thibodaux
|Henry S. Thibodaux|
|28th; 4th after U.S. Statehood. Governor of Louisiana|
|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
Thibodaux's birth and parents are shrouded in mystery. He is thought to have been born either in Albany, New York or Philadelphia to Alexis Thibodeaux and Marie Anne Blanchard of Nicolet, Quebec, refugees from Canada. Thibodaux was orphaned (family was thought to have been deported from Pennsylvania) and adopted by General Philip Schuyler, the American Revolutionary War hero and father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. Thibodaux spent his childhood in the United States and is believed to have been sent to Scotland where he received his education.
Thibodaux arrived in Louisiana in 1794, while it was under the control of the Spanish, and settled on the Acadian coast in St. James Parish. He 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; one of whom was Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux, a Democrat Member of Congress in the 1840s.
Thibodaux moved to Lafourche Parish when he received a land grant from Spanish Governor Baron de Carondelet and later was elected Justice of the Peace and to the Territorial Legislature. From 1812-1824, Thibodaux was a State Senator representing Lafourche Parish and was President of the State Senate in 1824 when Governor Thomas B. Robertson resigned to become a federal judge. Thibodaux became Acting Governor until Henry Johnson was elected.
Governor Thibodaux was running again for Governor in 1827 when he died on October 23 while campaigning near Bayou Terrebonne. After politics he became a shoemaker. Thibodaux died in 1827 and is interred at Halfway Cemetery in Schriever, Louisiana. The city of Thibodaux, Louisiana is named after Henry S. Thibodaux.
- State of Louisiana - Biography
- Cemetery Memorial by La-Cemeteries
- Henry S. Thibodaux at Find a Grave
Thomas B. Robertson
|Governor of Louisiana