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    DE NOVO


        NEWSLETTER OF THE

LAW LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA


Volume   13, Issue 1
    Winter  2016


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with the Poynter Library
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JUSTICES OF THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT, 1865-1880


by E. Phelps Gay

BOOK REVIEW, Zhe justices   of
the Supreme Court of Louisiana,
1865-1880

Evelyn  L.  Wilson,  a profes-
sor  at  Southern   University
Law   Center,  has  written  a
highly informative and impres-
sively researched book  profil-
ing  eighteen of the  nineteen
men  who  served as Justices of
the Louisiana  Supreme  Court
between   1865  and  1880. As
might  be expected, the color-
ful  and  contrasting  person-
alities of these men  (ranging
from   Union-oriented   plant-
ers who joined the Republican
Party and  were  appointed  by
Reconstruction       governors
to  die-hard  Democrats   who
fought for the Confederacy and
were appointed  by Democratic
Governor  Francis T. Nicholls),
as well as the contentious and
even  violent  political times
through which they served, offer
an  occasion for lively reading
and historical reflection.

The  book is divided into three
parts: profiles of those Justices
who   served during  the Civil
War  and  its immediate  after-
math  (1865-1868);  those who
served  during  the period  of
Congressional   Reconstruction
(1868-1877);  and  those  who
served  after the  Democrats


prevailed with  the elec-
tion of Governor  Nicholls
in  1876  and  the  subse-
quent deal which allowed
Rutherford  B.  Hayes   to
become   president of  the
United  States and  led to
the withdrawal  of federal
troops   from   Louisiana
(1877-1880).  Along the
way we  encounter an inter-
esting array of politicians
and jurists from all corners
of the state. Anyone  who
has lived in Louisiana and
knows   something   about
its history will recognize
many  of the family names,
such as Thomas  Courtland
Manning of Alexandria,
William Wirt Howe


of  New Orleans, and
Alcibiades DeBlanc  of St.
Martinville.

Drafted    by    delegates
from  New Orleans and
surrounding parishes under
Union  control, Louisiana's
1864  Constitution provid-
ed  for the  appointment
of five justices by then-
governor, Michael  Hahn.
Although  later rejected by
the U.S. Congress because
it did not extend suffrage
to African-Americans, that
Constitution  nevertheless
became  the state's govern-
ing  document   until the
Constitution of 1868 took
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