Caillouet, Louis Philip; Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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Caillouet, Louis Philip, of Thibodaux, Lafourche parish, enjoys a deserved
reputation for learning, ability and integrity as a member of the legal
profession.  Since the year 1875, when he left college, he has been actively
engaged in educational and judicial occupations, from country school teacher
to judge of the Court of Appeals.  After having served his fellow-citizens in
several positions of public usefulness, the Judge is now devoting himself to
his profession of the law.  The Caillouet family is of French-Canadian origin,
having come to America with the early colonists.  Joseph Caillouet, paternal
great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Canada.  In early
manhood he went to France where he married, and where his son, James, was
born.  About the year 1784 he returned to America with his family, and settled
in the parish of St. James, La.  Lucien Joseph Caillouet, son of James, and
father of Judge Louis P. Caillouet, was born April 1, 1825, in St. James
parish.  In 1835 James Caillouet moved to Lafourche parish and established a
plantation.  It was on that estate that Louis Philip Caillouet was born, Oct.
28, 1853.  The place, known as the St. James plantation, remained wholly in
the possession of the family until 1913, when a half interest in it was sold. 
In 1879, Lucien Joseph Caillouet retired from active work, and from 1892 until
his death, Oct. 11, 1913, at the age of 88 years, resided with his son in
Lafourche parish.  Judge Caillouet's mother, Eveline (Benoit) Caillouet, of
Lafourche parish, was the daughter of Sebastien and Eloise (Morvant) Benoit. 
She died in Oct., 1858.  The name of the Benoit family is recorded among the
first entries of land in Lafourche.  Four children were born of the union of
Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Joseph Caillouet, 2 died, and those living are Judge L. P.
Caillouet and Julia, now Mrs. Joachim Lagarde.  The career of Judge Caillouet
s been replete with studious pursuits.  He received his education first in
private local schools, then at St. Vincent's college, Cape Girardeau, Mo.,
graduating with the degree of A. B., in 1875.  From 1876 to 1877 he was a
school teacher in Lafourche parish.  While reading law, he was deputy recorder
of the parish, and acting notary and justice of the peace.  After passing a
brilliant examination before the state supreme court, he was admitted to
practice law in the courts of the state, and immediately, in 1885, began the
exercise of his profession in Thibodaux.  Three years later he was elected
district attorney for the parishes of Lafourche and Assumption, served one
term, and in 1892 was elected district judge of the district composed of
Lafourche and Terrebonne.  His popularity was proven by his being elected to
the district judgeship for 3 consecutive terms.  Judge Caillouet resigned in
1907 to accept office as a member of the First Circuit Court of Appeals for
the State, serving 6 years.  He was a member of the state constitutional
convention of 1898.  In 1912 Judge Caillouet was a candidate for a supreme
court justiceship and was honored with a very large number of votes throughout
the district, but not sufficient for a majority.  In 1890 he married Miss
Marie Adèle Lagarde, of Lafourche parish, a member of one of the oldest
families of Lafourche.  They  had 10 children, 9 of whom are living.  Judge
Caillouet is a member of the Roman Catholic church and is affiliated with the
Knights of Columbus, of which order he is past state deputy, and the Catholic
Knights of America.

Source:  Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events,
Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 82-84. 
Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914, by Century Historical

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