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Chief Justice Olivier O. Provosty

Olivier Otis Provosty (1852-1924)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, March 16, 1901, to January 1, 1922

Chief Justice, January 2, 1922, to December 30, 1922

Born August 3, 1852, in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana • Father served in the Louisiana Legislature and was a member of the Secession Convention of 1861 • Educated at home and at the Poydras Academy • Attended Georgetown University, but after his father's death in 1868, left before graduating and studied law at the University of Louisiana (forerunner of Tulane) • Admitted to the bar January 14, 1873 at age twenty • Elected district attorney for Pointe Coupee, Avoyelles and West Feliciana parishes, serving for three years • Married Euphemie Labatut December 27, 1876, and had seven children • Sat in 1898 Constitutional Convention • Served as bankruptcy referee for Baton Rouge Division of Eastern District of Louisiana • Appointed associate justice in 1901 by Governor W.W. Heard and was elected to continue in 1908 • Served as chief justice only one year, choosing to retire voluntarily • Earned respect and admiration for his knowledge of and pride in the Civil Law • Died in New Orleans August 3, 1924 • Portrait painted by Paul Leroy