POYDRAS, Julien de Lallande

1740–1824

Biography

POYDRAS, Julien de Lallande, a Delegate from the Territory of Orleans; born in Nantes, France, April 3, 1740; completed preparatory studies; served in the French Navy in his youth; was captured by the British in 1760 and taken to England; escaped on board a West Indian merchantman to San Domingo, whence he immigrated to New Orleans, La., in 1768; wrote the first poetical work printed in Louisiana in 1779; president of the first legislative council of the Territory of Orleans; founded the Female Orphan Asylum in New Orleans; elected to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1811); president of the first State constitutional convention; presidential elector for Madison in 1812; founded and endowed the Poydras Asylum; died in Pointe Coupee, La., June 14, 1824; interment in Old St. Francis Cemetery; reinterment in the grounds of the Poydras High School, New Roads, La.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 6 letters (1811-1816) and will (August 14, 1810). Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Poydras, Julien de Lallande. Adresse au Conscil legislatif du territoire d'Orleans. Nouvelle-Orleans: De l'Imprimerie du Telegraphe, 1808.

------. A defence of the right of the public to the batture of New Orleans. Washington: N.p., 1809.

------. Further observations in support of the right of the public to the batture of New Orleans. Washington: A. and G. Way, printers, 1809.

------. Speech of Julien Poydras, Esq., the delegate from the territory of Orleans, in support of the right of the public to the batture in front of the suburb St. Mary. Washington: A. and G. Way, printers, 1810.

Tinker, Edward Laroque. Louisiana's Earliest Poet: Julien Poydras and the Paens to Galvez. New York: The New York Public Library, 1933.

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