Jacques Phillippe Villeré (1761 - 1830)

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Birthplace: Cannes Brûlées, Kenner, LA, USA
Death: Died in St Bernard, LA, USA
Occupation: Spanish Governor of Louisiana, French Army, Justice of the Peace and Major General in the Territorial Militia
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About Jacques Phillippe Villeré

Jacques Phillippe Villeré (April 28, 1761 - 7 March, 1830) was the second Governor of Louisiana after it became a state. He was the first Creole and the first native of Louisiana to attain that office.

Jacques Philippe Villere, elected governor in 1816, was the first native-born governor of Louisiana. He presided over a tremendous increase in population and in the strength of its economy.

Now free of the British fleet at the mouth of the river and the Spanish control of the Florida parishes, Louisiana could enjoy unhampered trade down the Mississippi. Prosperity brought conflict between the Anglo-Americans and the Creoles whose families had been in Louisiana for generations. Villere had to mediate those disputes while administering state government.

The Legislature attempted to bridge the two cultures by publishing laws in both languages. The Creole-Anglo conflict dominated state politics until more "partisan" battles became the focal point after the rise of the Whig Party in 1834.

Following his term, Villere retired to his plantation in St. Bernard Parish where he died in 1830.

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Jacques Phillippe Villeré's Timeline

1761
April 28, 1761
Kenner, LA, USA
1785
March 15, 1785
Age 23
1787
January 17, 1787
Age 25
1792
November 11, 1792
Age 31
New Orleans, LA, USA
1792
Age 30
1794
1794
Age 32
1797
1797
Age 35
1799
1799
Age 37
1802
1802
Age 40
1807
1807
Age 45