Engraving of Phanor Breazeale
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 4th district
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905
|Preceded by||Henry Warren Ogden|
|Succeeded by||John T. Watkins|
|District Attorney for the 10th Judicial District of Louisiana|
|Born||December 29, 1858|
Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
|Died||April 29, 1934 (aged 75)|
|Resting place||Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches|
|Alma mater||Tulane University Law School|
He worked in a mercantile establishment for two years and studied law. He relocated to New Orleans, where he was a clerk in the Louisiana Supreme Court. He graduated in 1881 from the d Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and was admitted to the bar that same year. He began his law practice in Natchitoches, the oldest established city in the state. From 1882 to 1884, Breazeale was also engaged in newspaper work.
From 1888 to 1891, he was the president of the Natchitoches Parish School Board. He was elected district attorney for the 10th Judicial District, having served from 1892 to 1899. He was a member of the Louisiana state constitutional convention in 1898, which drew up a document in existence for twenty-three years. Thereafter, he was a member of the state constitutional convention of 1921.
Breazeale was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1905). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1904, having been defeated by the attorney John T. Watkins of Minden in Webster Parish. He then resumed the practice of law in Natchitoches. He was appointed in October 1908 as a member of a commission to codify Louisiana's criminal laws and to prepare a code of criminal procedure.
Breazeale died in Natchitoches and is interred at the Catholic Cemetery there.
In a commencement address delivered in May 1918 at the former Ashland High School in Ashland in northern Natchitoches Parish, Breazeale focused on the American Red Cross during World War I and its record of service to which he urged the graduates to aspire.
- H. Welborn Ayres, "A History of Ashland, Louisiana", manuscript to Ramah Cemetery Association, 1979
- United States Congress. "Phanor Breazeale (id: B000781)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Henry Warren Ogden
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district
1899 – 1905
John T. Watkins