James B. Eustis

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James Biddle Eustis
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1891
Preceded byBenjamin F. Jonas
Succeeded byEdward D. White
In office
January 12, 1876 – March 4, 1879
Preceded byWilliam P. Kellogg
Succeeded byBenjamin F. Jonas
United States Ambassador to France
In office
May 6, 1893 – May 24, 1897
PresidentGrover Cleveland
Preceded byT. Jefferson Coolidge
Succeeded byHorace Porter
Member of the Louisiana Senate
In office
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1834-08-27)August 27, 1834
New Orleans, Louisiana
DiedSeptember 9, 1899(1899-09-09) (aged 65)
Newport, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic

James Biddle Eustis (August 27, 1834 – September 9, 1899) was a United States Senator from Louisiana.


Born in New Orleans, he was the son of George Eustis (1796–1858) and Clarice Allain. His father was a lawyer who served as a Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. James pursued classical studies, graduated from the Harvard Law School in 1854, was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in New Orleans. He served as judge advocate during the Civil War in the Confederate Army and resumed the practice of law in New Orleans.

He was elected a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives prior to the Reconstruction acts, and was one of the committee sent to Washington, D.C. to confer with President Andrew Johnson on Louisiana affairs. He was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1872, and was a member of the Louisiana Senate from 1874 to 1878.

Eustis was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1873, caused by the action of the Senate in declining to seat rival claimants William L. McMillen and P. B. S. Pinchback.[1] Eustis served from January 12, 1876 to March 4, 1879; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection, and was professor of civil law at the Tulane University Law School from 1877 to 1884, then called the University of Louisiana. He was again elected to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1885 to March 4, 1891; he was not a candidate for reelection, and practiced law in Washington, D.C., in 1891.

From 1893 to 1897 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France, and then settled in New York City. He died in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1899; interment was in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

George Eustis, Jr., James's brother, was a United States Representative from Louisiana.

His grandson was diplomat Charles Bohlen.



  • United States Congress. "James B. Eustis (id: E000229)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on February 13, 2008

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
William P. Kellogg (– November 1, 1872)
Vacant (1872–1876)
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
January 12, 1876 – March 4, 1879
Served alongside: Joseph R. West, William P. Kellogg
Succeeded by
Benjamin F. Jonas
Preceded by
Benjamin F. Jonas
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Randall L. Gibson
Succeeded by
Edward D. White
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
T. Jefferson Coolidge
U.S. Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Horace Porter