PRICE, Andrew, Lafourche, Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller
USGENWEB NOTICE:  These electronic pages may NOT be
reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by any 
other organization or persons.  Persons or organizations 
desiring to use this material, must obtain the written consent 
of the contributor, or the legal representative of the 
submitter, and contact the listed USGenWeb archivist with 
proof of this consent. Files may be printed or copied for
personal use only.

Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events,
Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp.
565-567.  Edited by Alcée Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914, by Century 
Historical Association.

Price, Andrew, late of Lafourche parish, La., (born April 2, 1854; died
Feb. 5, 1909), was for many years prominently identified with the sugar 
planting interests and with public affairs of his native state.  His 
family originally from St. Louis, Mo., removed to St. Mary parish and 
engaged in sugar planting.  The Chatsworth plantation, owned by the 
Prices, is one of the oldest in that region, and while it was in the
possession of Andrew Price's father, it yielded very large crops.  On 
his mother's side, the subject of this sketch was related to many of the
best families of the parish--the Fosters, Cafferys
 and others.  Andrew
Price was born on the paternal estate.  Private tutors attended to his 
primary and grammar education until he was 12 years of age, when he was 
sent to Cumberland university, at Lebanon, Tenn., and after completing 
the collegiate course he entered the law department and graduated in 
1875.  Continuing the study of law, Mr. Price took a course of 2 years 
in the law department of Washington university, St. Louis, and received 
the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1877.  The young attorney practiced
his profession in St. Louis until 1880, achieving much success.  Having
married in 1879 Miss Anna M. Gay, daughter of Edward J. Gay, a wealthy
sugar planter of Louisiana, Mr. Price decided to return home and devote 
himself exclusively to sugar planting in partnership with his father-in-
law.  Although he had given up the practice of law to attend to his 
landed interests, Mr. Price could not refrain from engaging in politics, 
and in 1884 actively supported Mr. Gay in opposition to Wm. Pitt 
Kellogg, the republican nominee, in the third congressional district of 
Louisiana.  That political campaign was memorable because of Mr. Gay's 
victory over Mr. Kellogg brought about the overthrow of republicanism in 
that district, where it had flourished for nearly 20 years.  Mr. Price 
managed the campaign for his father-i
n-law with great ability and 
success, and became well known and very popular in the district.  When 
Mr. Gay died in 1888 before the end of his second term in congress, the 
people unanimously elected Mr. Price to fill the unexpired term, in 
recognition of the great service he had performed in redeeming the 
district from republican rule.  He was re-elected to three successive 
terms, and served until March 3, 1897.  During his term in congress Mr. 
Price became a prominent figure, through his marked abilities, and his 
high-minded course in all his dealings with his colleagues.  The 
Louisiana sugar industry had no more able and watchful champion in 
congress than he, in 1896 when the Louisiana legislature met to elect a 
successor to Senator White who had been appointed to the Supreme court 
of the United States, Mr. Price became a candidate against three 
prominent citizens, Congressman N. D. Blanchard, who had been appointed 
ad interim senator pending the special session of the legislature; 
Walter D. Denegre, nominee of the Citizens' league and Judge Blackman. 
 At that time the free silver sentiment was sweeping the democratic 
party, and the legislature decided to call for expressions of views on 
the part of candidates relative to free silver.  Mr. Price had always 
been an advocate of the gold standard, and although
 his good friends 
advised him to parry by declaring his willingness to do whatever the 
people of the state should want on that subject, he replied that he 
could not honorably descend to equivocation.  Then Mr. Price appeared 
before the legislature and declared in a plain and straightforward 
speech that he believed in the gold standard; but, if the democratic 
national convention which was to meet in a few weeks later, decided on a
free silver plank, he would, as a consistent and loyal democrat, vote 
with the party.  Mr. Price's supporters in the legislature realized that 
he had no chance to be elected senator, but continued to vote for him 
until Hon. S. D. McEnery, the choice of the caucus, won on final ballot 
over Mr. Denegre, after Mrssrs. Price, Blanchard and Blackman had 
withdrawn in favor of the candidate put forward by the caucus.  Mr. 
Price declined re-election to the 5th congress, and was succeeded by 
Hon. Robert Broussard.  In 1898 Mr. Price became a member of the state 
constitutional convention, and was on the committee on suffrage and 
elections.  That was his last service in public life, and he devoted 
himself to planting and stock raising until he suffered an attack of 
paralysis.  His condition steadily grew worse and Feb. 5, 1909 the end 
came.  At the bedside stood his wife, his brothers, Col. Wm. 
H. and John 
Price, and several members of the Price and Gay families.  Mr. Price was 
a man of splendid physique, gentle and considerate by nature and almost 
revered by those in lowly station who had occasion to meet him.  His 
sense of honor was strongly marked, and he was extremely modest.  Loved 
and honored for himself alone, his death was deeply and sincerely 
mourned.  In the New Orleans Picayune" of Feb. 6, 1909 the following 
tribute was paid to his memory:  "The death of Hon. Andrew Price at his 
plantation, near Thibodaux, was a grievous surprise to many of his 
friends, although they were fully aware of the general condition of his 
health.  It was while he was serving his second term in the national 
house of representatives that he was stricken with paralysis which 
forced his retirement from a prominent public life, and finally 
terminated his earthly career.  It is to be doubted if there could be 
found anywhere a man in the prime of manhood more magnificently endowed 
physically than Andrew Price, when in 1890 he succeeded as 
representative in congress, for the third district of Louisiana, his 
lamented predecessor and father-in-law, Hon. Edward J. Gay.  At the same
time his genial and generous nature made him extremely popular with all 
who knew him, while his brilliant intellect and solid education highly 

fitted him for the public life he had begun with such admirable 
prospects.  But cut down in the midst of what would have been a grand 
career, the strong man became a subject for the constant care, the 
unfailing affection of his charming young wife who, fitted as she was, 
to be an ornament of the highest social circles, rose to still greater 
distinction as queen of the home and devoted nurse of her helpless 

 Return to Main Page

This page was last updated on
The Lafourche Parish LaGenWeb Site is  maintained by
Jana Webre
The Lafourche Parish LaGenWeb Site is sponsored by  
Lafourche Parish Genweb ©2002-2005
All Rights Reserved

The contents, structure and design of this Web site may not be copied, excerpted, nor duplicated without the express written permission of the owner.
 You may download material from this website for your personal, noncommercial use only.