Pierre Auguste Bourguignon Derbigny (1769 - 1829)

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Birthplace: Laon, Picardy, France
Death: Died in Gretna, LA, USA
Cause of death: complications from a head wound from being thrown from a carriage
Occupation: 6th Governor of Louisiana, Secretary of the Senate; Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; Secretary of State 1820-1828
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About Pierre Auguste Bourguignon Derbigny

Pierre Derbigny had graciously bowed out of the governor's race in 1820 when he won the vote of the legislature but lost the popular vote to Thomas Robertson. Derbigny was victorious in 1828. After a career in law and education, he had been a state supreme court justice and led the movement to establish the College of Orleans which was the first institution of higher learning in Louisiana.

During his short term, the legislature worked on internal improvements and consolidated several companies to improve navigation of the bayous. Regulations were also established for levee repair and inspection.

Derbigny died in a carriage accident on October 6. 1829. He is buried in St. Louis Cemetery Number One in New Orleans.