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Derbigny

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DERBIGNY, Pierre Auguste Charles Bourisgay, American statesman: b. France, about 1765; d. New Orleans, 6 Oct. 1829. Dur ing the Revolution of 1789 he was obliged to flee from France to Santo Domingo and thence to the United States, living for a while at Pittsburgh, Pa., and subsequently removing to Missouri, to Florida, finally settling in Lou isiana. In 1803 he was made secretary to Mayor Bon& of New Orleans, and in the same year was appointed interpreter of languages for Governor Claiborne. In 1805 he was one of three delegates sent to petition the United States government for the admission of Louisiana as a State of the Union. Their efforts, however, were unsuccessful. Subsequently Derbigny held other public offices, such as clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, secretary of the leg islative council, member of the lower house of the first State legislature and judge of the Supreme Court. He delivered the first Fourth

of July oration made in Louisiana and in 1820, with Livingston and Moreau, was appointed to revise the laws of Louisiana. In that same year he received the first license issued to operate a steam ferry across the Mississippi at New Orleans. As a personal friend of General Lafayette he was his representative in legal and business affairs in Louisiana until his death. In 1828 when Governor Johnson's term of office expired, Derbigny succeeded him, and his ad ministration was marked by the visit to New Orleans of General Jackson, who had been in vited by the legislature to take part in the cele bration of his victory of 8 Jan. 1815. Governor Derbigny was killed early in the second year of his administration by a fall from his car riage.