John H. Eastman

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John H. Eastman
Mayor of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
Preceded by Dr. Samuel Augustus Dickson
Succeeded by Dr. Samuel Augustus Dickson
Personal details
Born (1861-09-23)September 23, 1861
Mansfield, DeSoto Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died November 14, 1938(1938-11-14) (aged 77)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Nellie Mayo Eastman
Children William M. Eastman
Occupation Businessman

John H. Eastman (September 23, 1861 – November 14, 1938) was a businessman who served from 1910–1914 as the mayor of Shreveport, the third largest city in Louisiana and the largest in the northwestern section of the state.[1]

Eastman was born in Mansfield, the seat of DeSoto Parish and the site of the Battle of Mansfield in 1864 during the American Civil War. Eastman earned his living as a tinsmith (or "tinner").[2] In 1898, he established the Vordenbauman-Eastman Hardware Company.[2]

Eastman's mayoral term was the first under Shreveport's city commission government, in effect from 1910 to 1978, when it was replaced by the mayor-council format. Under his administration changes were made in street paving policies to improve the outcome at less cost. Eastman, a Democrat, worked to acquire the Cross Lake area (11,000 acres) at $1.00 per acre. Cross Lake is now the principal Shreveport municipal water source.[3] Eastman also oversaw the enlargement of the Louisiana State Fair grounds and the construction of the grandstand.[2] The fairgrounds are now located along Interstate 20.[4] Eastman also worked to secure the construction of the traffic bridge over the Red River, which connects Shreveport with neighboring Bossier City. It opened in January 1915.[2]

Eastman married the former Nellie Mayo of Lake Charles, and the couple had four children, of whom only one survived, William M. Eastman.[2][5]

Several pieces of new automotive firefighting equipment were named in Eastman's honor, but the City of Shreveport continued during his administration to utilize horse-drawn vehicles too.[6]


  1. ^ "Claire Taylor, "Census 2010: Lafayette's population up 9.4 percent,"". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Eastman, John H.". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Department of Operational Services: 2009 Water Quality Report, March 2010" (PDF). Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "3701 Hudson Avenue (map)". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography used the book History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders (1937) by Lilla McLure and J. Ed Howe for its sketch of Mayor Eastman.
  6. ^ Municipal Journal, Vol. 33. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
Preceded by
Dr. Samuel Augustus Dickson
Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana

John H. Eastman

Succeeded by
Dr. Samuel Augustus Dickson