Louisiana Governor WILLIAM CLAIBORNE cl engraving print

E. G. Marshall is right Cecil B. DeMille can rest easy now. This ol Tulanian has found his governor. He and I go way back. William Charles Cole Claiborne was best known as the first U.S. governor of Louisiana. William C. C. Claiborne was born in Sussex County, Virginia. He studied at the College of William and Mary, then Richmond Academy. At the age of 16 he moved to New York City, w he worked as a clerk under John Beckley, the clerk of the United States House of Representatives, which was then seated in that city. He moved to Philadelphia with the Federal Government. He then began study of law, and moved to Tennessee in 1794 to start a law practice. Governor John Sevier appointed Claiborne to that state's supreme court in 1796. The following year he resigned to run successfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served in the House through 1801 when he was appointed governor of the territory of Mississippi. Claiborne moved to New Orleans and oversaw transfer of Louisiana to U.S.A. control after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He governed what would become the State of Louisiana, then termed the "Territory of Orleans", during its period as a United States territory from 1804 through 1812. Relations with Louisiana's Creole population were initially
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