Philip H. Gilbert

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Philip Henri Gilbert
District Attorney of the Louisiana 27th Judicial District
In office
District Judge of the 27th Judicial District
In office
District Judge of the 23rd Judicial District
In office
Louisiana State Senator for Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes
In office
Preceded by

Robert B. Butler

Clay J. Dugas
Succeeded by Harvey Peltier, Sr.
32nd interim Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
Governor Oramel H. Simpson
Preceded by Oramel H. Simpson
Succeeded by Paul N. Cyr
Personal details
Born (1870-10-25)October 25, 1870
Assumption Parish, Louisiana USA
Died October 18, 1932 (aged 61)
Napoleonville, Louisiana
Nationality French American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ella Marie Savoie Gilbert (married 1894-1932, his death)

Risley C. "Pappy" Triche, Jr. (grandson)

Judge Jane M. Triche-Milazzo (great-granddaughter)

Heloise Gilbert Triche
Thomas Bryan Gilbert
Camille Gilbert Castagnos
Savoie S. Gilbert
Philip H. Gilbert
Edna Gilbert Hanson
Laurence Gilbert Bergeron

Leroy Percy Gilbert
Parents Pierre J. and Ernestine Blanchard Gilbert
Residence Napoleonville, Louisiana

Philip Henri Gilbert (October 25, 1870 – October 18, 1932) was a lawyer and Democratic politician from Napoleonville in Assumption Parish in South Louisiana.

Gilbert was the district attorney of the Louisiana 27th Judicial District from 1908 to 1916 and judge of the same district from 1916 to 1920. As the President of the Louisiana State Senate from 1924 to 1926, Gilbert succeeded to the lieutenant governorship on an interim basis until the expiration of the regular term in 1928.

Early years[edit]

Gilbert was the son of Pierre J. Gilbert (1841-1899) and the former Ernestine Blanchard (1846-1905) of Napoleonville[1] and active in Roman Catholicism. Instrumental in the construction of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Napoleonville, he was a church trustee and a founding member of his local chapter of the Catholic men's organization, the Knights of Columbus.

Until he was sixteen years old, Gilbert attended the public and private schools of Assumption Parish. In 1905, he began his studies at the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, from which he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree.

Family life[edit]

On January 24, 1894, Gilbert married Ella Marie Savoie (1872-1942),[2] daughter of Sabin Savoie of Bell Rose, Louisiana, and Savoie's first wife, Camilla LeBlanc. The couple had eight children, Heloise, Thomas Bryan, Camille, Savoie S., Philip H., Jr., Edna, Laurence, and Leroy.

The oldest daughter, Heloise, married Risley C. Triche, Sr., of Napoleonville, a businessman. This couple had several children, one of whom, Risley C. "Pappy" Triche, Jr., followed his grandfather into Louisiana politics, having been one of the youngest mayors in Louisiana history and later a long-term member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Gilbert’s great-granddaughter, Jane M. Triche-Milazzo, daughter of the late Risley "Pappy" Triche, Jr., is a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Her appointment by U.S. President Barack H. Obama was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 11, 2011, by a 98-0 vote.

Gilbert's great-granddaughter, Laurie A. Hulin, granddaughter of Laurence G. Bergeron, was elected on November 4, 2014, as the Division G judge of the Louisiana 15th Judicial District.

Political offices[edit]

Gilbert ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1920 against Hewitt Bouanchaud, who was elected along with John M. Parker as governor.

From 1924 to 1930, he was the state senator for Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes in what was then the 12th District. He was the Senate President from 1926 to 1928 and the Senate President Pro Tempore from 1928 to 1930.[3] Gilbert was also the assistant clerk for the 1908 Louisiana Constitutional Convention and a member of the 1921 Louisiana Constitutional Convention. After the death of Governor Henry L. Fuqua in 1926, Lieutenant Governor Oramel H. Simpson succeeded to the governor's office, and Gilbert as president of the state senate became the interim lieutenant governor until his abbreviated term expired in 1928.

On May 16, 1929, as the Senate President Pro Tempore, Gilbert, a loyal supporter of the new governor, Huey Pierce Long, Jr., was the first to sign the round robin to announce that the two-thirds state Senate majority could not be obtained for Long's conviction of the impeachment voted by the Louisiana House of Representatives. Long called his friend "a splendid scholar and parliamentarian. ... The intense hate of my enemies toward me has been a matter of frequent comment. It is more than offset, however, by the loyalty of friends."[4]

In 1928, Gilbert became judge of the Louisiana 23rd Judicial District, a post that he held until his death.

Gilbert was also a delegate to the 1916 Democratic National Convention, which re-nominated U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall.


Gilbert was the president of the Lula Company, Inc., which operates the Lula Plantation in Assumption Parish. This firm operated its own sugar refinery. He was president of the Avon Planting Company, Ltd., which operated the Avon Plantation, near Napoleonville.

He served as president of the Bank of Assumption which opened its doors for business in Napoleonville in 1901.


  1. ^ "Pierre J. Gilbert". Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Ella Marie Savoie Gilbert". Retrieved January 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mempership of the Louisiana State Senate since 1880" (PDF). Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ Huey Pierce Long, Jr., Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long (New Orleans: National Book Club, Inc., 1933), pp. 168-171.
Political offices
Preceded by
Oramel H. Simpson
Interim Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

Philip Henri Gilbert

Succeeded by
Paul N. Cyr
Preceded by
Robert B. Butler
Clay J. Dugas
Louisiana State Senator for Assumption, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes

Philip Henri Gilbert

Succeeded by
Harvey Peltier, Sr.