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Louis T. Wigfall

AKA Louis Trezevant Wigfall

Born: 21-Apr-1816
Birthplace: Edgefield, SC
Died: 18-Feb-1874
Location of death: Galveston, TX
Cause of death: Stroke
Remains: Buried, Galveston, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Texas, 1859-61

Military service: Confederate Army (Brigadier General, Texas Brigade 21-Oct-1861 to 20-Feb-1862)

"What would be the effect of dissolution of the Union? Their spindles would cease to turn; their looms would cease to move. Their ships would be laid up at their wharves. Their operatives and their sailors, turned out to starve, to steal, or to burn, would turn upon them; and when they gathered together in the town of Boston, to say what should be done for their starving families, the Senator from New York and the Senator from New Hampshire would have their heads taken off close to their shoulders; they would be stuck on poles and carried around. Sir, that is the truth, and they know it. They dare not dissolve this Union. Their people would starve if they did. They know it. But they are going on blindly supposing it is a farce we are playing. Farce! I tell you the day is past when farces are played. I do not believe that a Black Republican can ever be inaugurated President of these United States." [Mar-1860]

Father: Levi Durand Wigfall (merchant, d. 1818)
Mother: Eliza Trezevant Thompson
Brother: Arthur Wigfall (Episcopal bishop)
Brother: Hamden Wigfall (d. duel)
Wife: Charlotte Maria Cross (b. 1818, m. 1841)
Son: John Manning Wigfall (b. 1843, d. 1846)
Son: Francis Halsey (b. 1845)
Daughter: Fanny
Daughter: Louise Sophie Wigfall Wright ("Lulie", b. 8-Dec-1846, d. 7-Mar-1915 heart failure)

    Military School: Rice Creek Springs School, Columbia, SC
    University: University of Virginia
    University: South Carolina College (1837)
    Law School: University of Virginia

    Provisional Congress of the Confederacy 1862-65
    US Senator, Texas (5-Dec-1859 to 11-Jul-1861), expelled
    Texas State Senate 1857-60
    Texas State House of Representatives 1849-50
    Murder of Thomas Butler Bird, Edgefield, SC (30-Oct-1840), charge dropped
    Duel: Pistols with James Carroll, Sand Bar Ferry, GA (4-Nov-1840)
    Duel: Pistols with Preston S. Brooks, Sand Bar Ferry, GA (4-Nov-1840)
    Shot: Dueling in the thigh
    Bankruptcy Edgefield, SC (c. 1840)
    Bankruptcy Edgefield, SC (May-1846)
    Exiled to London, England (1866-72)
    Slaveowners
    English Ancestry Paternal
    Huguenot Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism


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