|7th Mayor of Los Angeles|
May 9, 1859 – May 9, 1860
|Preceded by||John G. Nichols|
|Succeeded by||Henry Mellus|
January 7, 1861 – May 6, 1865
|Preceded by||Wallace Woodworth (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Jose Mascarel|
May 8, 1867 – August 8, 1867
|Preceded by||Cristóbal Aguilar|
|Succeeded by||Cristóbal Aguilar|
|Born||April 1, 1818|
Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
|Died||January 20, 1868 (aged 49)|
Los Angeles, California
Damien Marchesseault (or Marchesseau) (April 1, 1818 – January 20, 1868) was the seventh Mayor of Los Angeles from May 9, 1859 to May 9, 1860 and then again from January 7, 1861 to May 6, 1865. Marchesseault assumed the office one last time interrupting Cristobal Aguilar's first term in office for three months.
Born in St.-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, Marchesseault was described as a carousing onetime New Orleans gambler. With Victor Beaudry, he started an ice vending company using ice from what is now known as Icehouse Canyon near Mount San Antonio.
During his term as Zanjero of Los Angeles (water steward), Marchesseault and a partner laid wooden water pipes that burst and turned streets into sinkholes.
Struggling with mounting debts, he slipped into an empty Los Angeles City Hall Council chamber on Jan. 20, 1868, and shot himself to death.
Marcheassault Street in Los Angeles is named for him.
Death and suicide note
Marchesseault killed himself on 20 January, 168, leaving a suicide note to his wife, Mary Clark Marchesseault, stating his motivation was shame from his drinking and gambling debts.
- ^ The Quarterly. The Society. 1914.
- ^ January 21, 1868, issue of the Los Angeles Semi-Weekly News
- Chronological Record of Los Angeles City Officials: 1850—1938, Compiled under Direction of Municipal Reference Library City Hall, Los Angeles March 1938 (Reprinted 1966)
- Mayors of Los Angeles
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- 19th-century American politicians
- 1818 births
- 1868 deaths
- American politicians who committed suicide
- Suicides by firearm in California
- American people of Québécois descent
- Pre-Confederation Canadian emigrants to the United States
- People from Montérégie