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Paul Octave Hebert scrapbook

Identifier: LaRC-818

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of mounted and loose newspaper clippings and other items, relating to the life and career of Paul Octave Hebert of Louisiana. Included are clippings, a photograph, a post card, and printed Civil War broadsides relating to Texas. Some typed transcriptions are included.


  • 1852-1918


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Octave Hebert was born in 1818 in Iberville Parish, La. He attended West Point, 1836-1840, and taught engineering there until 1842. He returned to Louisiana as an engineer, and until 1844 he worked with the U.S. Engineer Corps, in construction of western passes to the port of New Orleans. He and his first wife, Cora Wills Vaughn, eventually had five children. In 1845, Governor Mouton appointed Hebert as State Engineer. Paul O. Hebert participated in the war with Mexico, with the 14th Regiment of U.S. Infantry and was promoted to the rank of colonel. He returned home to Iberville Parish as a planter in 1848; in 1849 Hebert ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for state senate. After several political assignments, he won election as governor of Louisiana in 1852, serving from 1853 to 1856. As governor, he supported railroad construction, establishing ferries, improving navigable streams and land reclamation. He supported the establishment of Louisiana State University. During the Civil War, he was commissioned brigadier general in the Confederate Army, and was placed in command of Louisiana, as well as commanding defenses of Texas. After the war he became a Liberal Republican; U. S. Grant appointed him to several engineering boards. After the death of his first wife, he married Penelope Lynch Adams Andrews and they had six children. Paul O. Hebert died in 1880.


1.5 Linear Feet

1 Boxes

1 Volumes

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Processing Information

Processed by Susanna Powers. Edited for ArchivesSpace by Althea Topek.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US