BIOGRAPHIES OF ASCENSION PARISH



NICHOLLS, Francis Tillon, governor of Louisiana, b. in Donaldsonville, Ascension parish, La., 20 Aug., 1834. His father, Thomas Clark (17??- 1847), was a member of the general assembly of Louisiana, judge of a district court for many years, and in 1843 was appointed senior judge of the Louisiana court of error and appeals. His mother was a sister of Joseph Rodman Drake. The son was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1855, and assigned to the 3d artillery. He served against the Seminóle Indians, was on frontier duty in 1850, and resigned his commission on 1 Oct. of that year. He then practiced law in Napoleonville. La,, until 1861, when he joined the Confederate army as captain in the 8th Louisiana regiment, of which he became lieutenant-colonel. In 1802 he was made colonel of the 15th regiment and brigadier- general. He participated in Stonewall Jack- son's movements, and lost an arm in the battle of Winchester, Vo., and a foot at Chancellorsville. He was superintendent of the conscript bureau of the Trans-Mississippi department in 1804-'5. and practiced law in Ascension parish from 1865 till 1876. He was elected governor of Louisiana as a Democrat, serving from 1877 till 1880, and in January, 1888, was again nominated for this office. He now (1888) practices law in New Orleans.

McCALL Henry, planter and manufacturer, was born in Assumption Parish, La., April 28, 1847, son of Evan Jones and Angele (Longer) McCall. Evan Hall Plantation, the homestead, has been in the family over 100 years, part of it having been granted to his great-grandfather, Evan Jones, who went to Louisiana about 1785 us American consul to the Spanish government. His grandfather, Henry McCall, fought with Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. Henry McCall received his elementary education in the private schools of New Orleans and in 1858 went to Mount St. Mary's College, near Emmilsburg, Md., where he remained until the outbreak of the civil war. His father then sending him to France, he was two years in the Institut Boumard, Paris, and one year at Stonyhurst College, near Blackburn, England. In 1865, when eighteen years of age, he entered the counting-home of Stucken & Co., of Liverpool, where he gained the foundation of his business training as junior clerk. In 1867 he returned to New Orleans and passed two years in the brokerage office of N. B. Keene. In 1869 he withdrew from commercial business and went to the old family home, Evan Hall, where lie began to familiarize himself with the cultivation and manufacture of sugar. In 1874 he took charge of the plantation, which, by the gradual clearing of new lands and the enlargement of the factory in 1893, was doubled in area and the capacity of production increased to 8,000,000 pounds. Although always active in politics, Mr. McCall has never held offices of emolument. He was for a long period president of the police jury of Ascension Parish (known in other states as county commissioners) and was a member of the levee board, always active in any movement for the improvement of his state or parish. He took a prominent part in the great anti- lottery movement of 1892, and on this issue was elected to the state senate, becoming an important factor in Louisiana politics. He is president of the Ascension branch of the Louisiana Sugar Planters' Association, and first vice-president of the head organization. He is a member of the Pickwick and Varieties clubs of New Orleans, and has always been identified with its social and charitable associations. Mr. McCall was married, in 1877, to Lillie Legendre, daughter of a prominent lawyer and planter of St. James Parish. They have three sons and one daughter.




KLING, A. A., Donaldsonville, La. — Born in Ascension Parish in 1860, and was educated in the parish schools. When twenty- one years of age bought a farm, which he has farmed practically ever since. Was a charter member of the Dutch Town Local Union, and is now Lecturer. Organized the Farmers' Union Ginning Company, which has been very successful. Has served as deputy sheriff and parish treasurer. In 1908 was elected assessor of the parish. Is a loyal Union man.



ARCENEAUX, J. F., Brittany, La. — Young Arceneaux was one of the many young men of Louisiana who became associated with the farmer's organization from the very first, and, being a teacher of Ascension Parish, he devoted his best efforts to the organization, and was from the start an acknowledged leader in his parish, having served as Parish Secretary-Treasurer one term ; also Parish Lecturer one term ; was a delegate to the State Union held at Winnfield in 1908, where he took an active part in the proceedings of the convention, serving on important committees ; was nominated as a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer, and was only beaten by eight votes. He was later nominated as one of the delegates to the National Union, and won out on the first ballot. Brother Arceneaux was made one of the Committee on Credentials at Fort Worth, and also held other important comrmittee appointements.



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