Louis H. Marrero
|Louis H. Marrero|
August 17, 1847|
Adams County, Mississippi
|Profession||chief of police, president of parish´s government, senator|
Louis H. Marrero (July 17, 1847 – 1921) was a prominent American politician whose political career was played in Louisiana´s state. During his life served in many political office, highlighting, among other, as chief of police and President from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (1884 - 1916) and as Senator from this state (1892 - 1896).
Louis H. Marrero was born on July 17, 1847, at a site near Kingston, in Adams County, Mississippi. His parents were A. Bastian Marrero and Anna Lydia (Swayze) Marrero, who were born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, and in Adams County, Mississippi, respectively. His paternal grandfathers were Spanish settlers originating in the Canary Islands who settled in Louisiana between 1778 and 1782 along with another Canarian settlers. He was the eldest of five siblings, who were, among others, Alonso, F. William (who died as a child), Eugene C. and Frank G. Louis H. Marrero studied mainly in the private school Potter and the preparatory department of the university's centennial in Jackson, Louisiana.
When he was 15 years old he joined Company C, 25 Louisiana Infantry, and fought at the Battle of Farmington and the Second Battle of Corinth. He also fought against Bragg's army in Nashville, Kentucky (where he was wounded) and in Jackson, Mississippi. On November 25, 1863, he was captured and imprisoned at Rock Island, Illinois, until March 1865, when he was taken to Richmond and put on probation.
He was a member of the Secession Convention. In 1865, when the Secession War began, he organized a regiment, of which he was appointed colonel, but he did not enter the service. After the war ended, Louis H. Marrero was devoted to the planting and marketing and in 1867, he came to St. Bernard Parish where he served as sheriff for many years. Since 1881 he continued this work in the parish of Jefferson.
He always had democratic ideals, and he actively participated in his party. Thus, was elected as a member of the Police Jury of Jefferson Parish (1883–1896), governor of Saint Bernard Parish (1884–1896), member of the Louisiana Senate (1892–1896), member of the Lafourche Parish levee board (1892–1896), sheriff (1896), and member of the Constitutional Convention of 1898. He also had many other occupations, most notably as president of the Commercial and Savings Jefferson bank, in Gretna, Louisiana, and as president of the Marrero Land and Improvement Association, Ltd. He was also a member of the Army of Tennessee. Also, he attracted companies to the region and put stores devoted to agricultural products in order to benefit the farmers.
He died in 1921.
In 1869, Louis H. Marrero married Elodie, daughter of Antonio and Eugenia (SERP) Marrero, residents of St. Bernard Parish. They had three children: Leo A., William, Felix, and Louis H., Jr. He professed Catholicism.
- Marrero, a town of 50,000 inhabitants, and the Louis H Marrero Park, both in Jefferson Parish, were founded in his honor.