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Democratic Republican

FROMENTIN, Eligius, a Senator from Louisiana; born in France; pursued classical studies; ordained a Catholic priest; exercised his ministry at Etampes, France; fled from France during the Reign of Terror and immigrated to the United States, settling in Pennsylvania; moved to Maryland, where he taught school; studied law; subsequently left the church and moved to Louisiana; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Orleans; clerk to house of representatives of Orleans Territory 1807-1811; secretary of the State constitutional convention 1812; secretary of the State senate 1812-1813; elected to the United States Senate as a Democratic Republican and served from March 4, 1813, to March 3, 1819; appointed judge of the criminal court of New Orleans in 1821; appointed United States judge for west Florida and east Florida westward of the cape in May 1821, but soon resigned; resumed the practice of law in New Orleans and died there October 6, 1822.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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