Jacques Phillippe Villeré

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Jacques Phillippe Villeré

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Cannes Brûlées, Kenner, LA, United States
Death: March 7, 1830 (68)
Conseil Plantation, St Bernard, LA, United States
Place of Burial: New Orleans, LA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Philippe Roi de Villeré and Louise Marguerite De Lachaise
Husband of Jeanne Henriette Villeré
Father of Maj Rene J. Gabriel Villeré; Adele Villeré; Jules Gabriel Villeré; Delphin Villeré; Caliste Villeré and 5 others
Brother of Louise Roi de Villeré; Marguerite Roi de Villeré and Angelique De Villere

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

April 28, 1761
Kenner, LA, United States
Age 23
January 17, 1787
Age 25
November 11, 1792
Age 31
New Orleans, LA, United States
Age 30
Age 32
Age 35
Age 37
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States
October 14, 1802
Age 41
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, United States