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Chief Justice Edward Bermudez

Edouard Edmund Bermudez (1832-1892)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, April 5, 1880, to April 5, 1892


Born January 19, 1832 in New Orleans • Paternal grandfather was judicial official in Spanish colonial Louisiana, and father, Joaquim, was judge of Orleans Probate Court • Attended Boyer's School in New Orleans • Graduated from Spring Hill College 1851 • Studied common law at Kentucky home of U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Monroe • After six months' study at Law Department of the University of Louisiana (forerunner of Tulane) earned LL.B. 1852 • Admitted to bar 1853, a scholar of both civil and common law • Married Elizabeth Amanda Maupassant and had nine children, five of whom died young • Joined father's law practice in French Quarter • Elected delegate to Louisiana Secession Convention 1861 • Opposed immediate secession, but voted to pass final secession ordinance • Joined Confederate Army and became judge advocate in Mobile • Following war was elected Assistant City Attorney for New Orleans, but was removed by General Sheridan in 1867 as an impediment to Reconstruction • Resumed law practice, mentoring young attorneys such as future U.S. Chief Justice Edward Douglass White • Appointed chief justice 1880 • Served full twelve-year term despite ill health in final years • Died at home of heart disease August 22, 1892, and interred in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 •