Henry M. Hyams

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Lt. Gov. Henry Michael Hyams

Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
Death: June 25, 1875 (69)
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, USA
Place of Burial: New Orleans, Louisiana
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Myers Hyams and Miriam Hyams
Husband of Laurel Matilda Hyams
Father of Miriam Ravencamp Hyams; Kosciusko Ravenscamp Hyams; Henry Michael Hyams, Jr. and Isaac Smith Hyams
Brother of Samuel Myers Hyams, Jr., Col. CSA; Moses Kosciusko Hyams; Judith Hyams; Caroline Labatt; Eliza Marks and 2 others

Occupation: Lt. Governor
Managed by: Robin Lent
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About Henry M. Hyams

Was Lt. Gov. of Louisiana from January 23, 1860 to January 25, 1864.


Henry M. Hyams (March 4, 1806 - June 25, 1875) was an American lawyer, planter and Democratic politician. He served as the 7th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1862 to 1864 under Governor Thomas Overton Moore during the American Civil War, when Louisiana joined the Confederate States of America. He was an advocate of slavery in the United States.

Early life

Henry M. Hyams was born on March 4, 1806 in Charleston, South Carolina. His cousin was Judah P. Benjamin (1811–1884).


Hyams worked for the Canal Bank in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1830, and he joined the law firm Dunbar and Elgee in Alexandria, Louisiana, becoming one of the first Jews living in Alexandria. He also operated a plantation.

Hyams moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1853, where he practiced the law. He then served as a clerk of the District Court of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. He was elected to the Louisiana State Senate as a Democrat in 1855. He then served as the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1862 to 1864.

Hyams supported slavery. Indeed, as early as the 1830s, he joined a vigilante to defend the institution of slavery.

Personal life and death

Hyams was an observant Jew. He married Laurel Matilda Smith and had thirteen children.

Hyams died on June 25, 1875 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His funeral was held by Rabbi James Koppel Gutheim, and he was buried in Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans. His obituary in The Times-Picayune described him as "a standard-bearer of the ancient regime."

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Henry M. Hyams's Timeline

March 4, 1806
Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA
June 19, 1835
Age 29
Age 32
Age 39
June 25, 1875
Age 69
New Orleans, Orleans, LA, USA
New Orleans, Louisiana