Louis H. Marrero

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Louis H. Marrero
Personal details
Born (1847-08-17)August 17, 1847
Adams County, Mississippi
Died 1921
Unknown
Nationality American
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Elodie
Profession politician, chief of police, businessman, banker and landowner
Religion Catholic

Louis H. Marrero (July 17, 1847 – 1921) was a prominent American politician, businessman, banker, chief of police and landowner[1] whose political career was played in Louisiana´s state. During his life served in many political office, highlighting, among other, as governor of Saint Bernard Parish (1884–1896), sheriff (1896), President from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (1884 - 1916), Senator from this state (1892 - 1896), president of the Commercial and Savings Jefferson bank (in Gretna, Louisiana), and as president of the Marrero Land and Improvement Association, Ltd.

Biography[edit]

Louis H. Marrero was born on July 17, 1847, at a site near Kingston, in Adams County, Mississippi. His father, Bastian A. Marrero, was born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, while his mother, Anna Lydia (Swayze) Marrero, was born in Adams County, Mississippi.[2] His paternal grandfathers were Spanish settlers originating in the Canary Islands who settled in Louisiana between 1778 and 1782 along with another Canarian settlers.[3] He was the eldest of five siblings, who were, among others, Alonso, F. William (who died as a child), Eugene C. and Frank G.[2] 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 along side 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 1861, when the Secession War began, himself organized a military regiment, in which he was appointed colonel, although 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.[4]

In addition, he was also a member of the Army of Tennessee and, during his administration, he attracted companies to the region and put stores devoted to agricultural products in order to benefit the farmers.[5]

He died in 1921.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] In the late nineteenth century, Marrero acquired extensive property localized below and of adjacent way to the Ames Plantation and he leased of sold small track of lands to some vegetable farmers. Apparently, Marrero become in a powerfull political figure of the parish, as well as a wealthy land owner. [5] He worked with his son, Leo A. Marrero and other relatives to create the Marrero Land and Improvement Association, an organization that can be credited with establishing much of Westbank, especifically Marrero and Harvey.[6]

Legacy[edit]

  • Marrero, a town of 33,141 inhabitants,[3] and the Louis H Marrero Park, both in Jefferson Parish, were founded in his honor.[7]
  • Also the Marrero road, a road localized between Ames Boulevard and Barataria Boulevard, was founded after him. So, the Marrero road was established in the place in which was situated the principal land of Louis H. Marrero.[1]

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