Hewitt Bouanchaud

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Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud
29th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
1920–1924
Governor John M. Parker
Preceded by Fernand Mouton
Succeeded by Delos R. Johnson
Louisiana State Representative from Pointe Coupee Parish
In office
1904–1908
Preceded by William C. Carruth
M. T. Hewes
Succeeded by Ferdinand C. Claiborne
P. O. LeBeau
In office
1912–1920
Preceded by Ferdinand C. Claiborne
P. O. LeBeau
Succeeded by Ferdinand C. Claiborne
Simeon Parent
Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
1916–1920
Preceded by Lee Emmett Thomas
Succeeded by Richard Flournoy Walker
Personal details
Born (1877-08-19)August 19, 1877
Pointe Coupee Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died October 17, 1950(1950-10-17) (aged 73)
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic

Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud (August 19, 1877 - October 17, 1950) was a Democratic politician in the U.S. state of Louisiana. A native of Pointe Coupee Parish, Bouanchaud was elected a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1904. After an absence of one term, he was elected again in 1912 and 1916. In 1916, he was named Speaker of the Louisiana House. In 1920, he was elected lieutenant governor as the running mate to gubernatorial candidate John M. Parker, a Democrat formerly affiliated with the Progressive Party.

As the former House Speaker, Bouanchaud was chosen president of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention in 1921. The document produced by that convention remained in force until 1975.

In 1924, Lieutenant Governor Bouanchaud ran for governor against Henry L. Fuqua, and Huey P. Long, Jr. Bouanchaud and Fuqua received the most votes in the first Democratic primary held on January 15, 1924, with Long of Winnfield, having been eliminated from contention that year but gaining the governorship four years later in 1928. Fuqua defeated Bouanchaud in the second Democratic primary held on February 19, 1924.

Hewitt L. Bouanchaud was the brother of longtime Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Lamartine Bouanchaud. The Bouanchauds were sons of James Alcide Bouanchaud, a captain of the Pointe Coupee Battery for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Alcide Bouanchaud later became a state district court judge. Hewitt Bouanchaud's nephew, Alcide "Bub" Bouanchaud, and his great-great nephew. Paul Raymond Smith, both served as sheriff in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Bouanchaud was preceded as Speaker by Lee Emmett Thomas of Shreveport.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved December 29, 2010. 

Sources[edit]

  • Curet, Bernard. "Ponte Coupee: Her Place in History." Acadiana Profile magazine, September 1969: 9.
Political offices
Preceded by
William C. Carruth

M. T. Hewes

Louisiana State Representative from Pointe Coupee Parish

Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud
1904–1908

Succeeded by
Ferdinand C. Claiborne

P. O. LeBeau

Preceded by
Ferdinand C. Claiborne

P. O. LeBeau

Louisiana State Representative from Pointe Coupee

Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud
1912–1920

Succeeded by
Ferdinand C. Claiborne

Simeon Parent

Preceded by
Lee Emmett Thomas of Caddo Parish
Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Pointe Coupee

Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud
1916–1920

Succeeded by
Richard Flournoy Walker of East Feliciana Parish
Preceded by
Fernand Mouton
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

Hewitt Leonidas Bouanchaud
1920–1924

Succeeded by
Delos R. Johnson