Charles Dominique Joseph Bouligny

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Dominique Bouligny
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
November 19, 1824 – March 4, 1829
Preceded by Henry Johnson
Succeeded by Edward Livingston
Personal details
Born Charles Dominique Joseph Bouligny
(1773-08-22)August 22, 1773
New Orleans, Louisiana, New Spain
Died March 4, 1833(1833-03-04) (aged 59)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican (Before 1828)
National Republican (1828–1833)

Charles "Dominique" Joseph Bouligny (August 22, 1773 – March 4, 1833) was a lawyer and politician, elected as U.S. Senator from Louisiana, serving 1824 to 1829. He had earlier served in the state House of Representatives. Of French and Spanish descent, he was brother to Louis Bouligny, a state representative, and uncle of John Edward Bouligny, who was elected as US Representative from New Orleans.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (New Spain), on August 22, 1773 to a family of French and Spanish descent. His mother was Marie-Louise Le Sénéchal d'Auberville of New Orleans, who was of French Creole descent. He had three siblings. His father, Francisco Bouligny, was born and raised in Spain to a French father (a merchant) and a Spanish mother and became a high-ranking official in Spanish Louisiana.[1] Dominique's parents had him educated by private tutors.

As a young man, Bouligny served as ensign in Spain's Louisiana Regiment commanded by his father. The young man was elected at age 27 as a commissioner of the municipal council (the cabildo), in 1800. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Bouligny (and other colonial residents) assumed U. S. citizenship. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, practicing in New Orleans.

Entering politics, Bouligny was elected as a member of the Louisiana Territorial house of representatives in 1806. Next he was appointed justice of the peace in New Orleans (1807). During the War of 1812, he served on the public defense committee during the British invasion of 1814-1815.

Bouligny was elected by the state legislature to the U.S. Senate (as was the custom at the time before popular election of US Senators), competing against Henry Johnson. Bouligny served in the Senate November 19, 1824, to March 4, 1829. He served as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee in the second session of the 20th Congress.

Dominique Bouligny died in New Orleans on March 4, 1833. His remains were interred in Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Martin, Fontaine (1990). A History of the Bouligny Family and Allied Families. Lafayette, Louisiana: The Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana. ISBN 0940984512. 

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Henry Johnson
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Josiah S. Johnston
Succeeded by
Edward Livingston