Alcée Louis la Branche

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Alcée Louis la Branche
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
Preceded byJohn Bennett Dawson
Succeeded byBannon Goforth Thibodeaux
1st United States Chargé d'Affaires in Texas
In office
October 23, 1837 – June 5, 1840
Preceded byDiplomatic relations established
Succeeded byGeorge H. Flood
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Near New Orleans, Orleans Territory
DiedAugust 17, 1861(1861-08-17) (aged 54–55)
Hot Springs, Virginia, Confederate States of America
Political partyDemocratic

Alcée Louis la Branche (1806 – August 17, 1861) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Louisiana. He served one term as a Democrat.


La Branche was born near New Orleans, the son of Alexandre La Branche (a Revolutionary War regimental commander whose family had emigrated to Louisiana from Bavaria and had changed its surname from the German "Zweig" to the French "Branche," with both names meaning "branch") and Marie Jeanne Piseros (whose family was of Spanish ancestry).[1] La Branche attended the Université de Sorèze in Sorèze (France). He served as Speaker of the House of the Louisiana State House of Representatives in 1833 and later served as Chargé d'Affaires to the Republic of Texas. He served in Congress from 1843 until 1845. He died in Hot Springs, Virginia.

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  1. ^ See "Alcée Louis La Branche" in "The Handbook of Texas," published by the Texas State Historical Association:

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexandre Mouton
Speakers of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Joseph Marshall Walker
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Bennett Dawson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux
Diplomatic posts
New title
Mission established
United States Chargé d'Affairs to Texas
Succeeded by
George H. Flood