Eligius Fromentin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Eligius Fromentin

American politician

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1767

Place of Birth: France

Date of Death: 06-Oct-1822

Profession: judge, lawyer, politician

Nationality: United States, France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Eligius Fromentin

  • Eligius Fromentin (1767 – October 6, 1822) was an American politician. Fromentin was born and raised in France, where he later became a Roman Catholic priest.
  • Fromentin fled the country during the French Revolution and arrived in the United States.
  • He at first settled in Pennsylvania, but then moved to Maryland, where he was a schoolteacher and a priest.
  • By the early 19th century, Fromentin decided to leave the church and moved to Louisiana, which was being purchased by the United States.
  • He settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, and became a lawyer. Fromentin was a member of the territorial house of representatives from 1807 to 1811.
  • He was part of the constitutional convention that developed Louisiana's state constitution when it became a state in 1812.
  • In 1813, he was elected to the United States Senate from Louisiana, and served for one term, retiring in 1819.
  • He may have been the first former priest to serve in Congress.
  • Fromentin was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814.Upon his retirement, Fromentin returned to Louisiana and became judge of the New Orleans criminal court in 1821.
  • He soon left this position to become a federal judge in Florida, but resigned from that position as well.
  • Fromentin then returned to New Orleans, where he died the following year.

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