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Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville preservationist of Louisiana's French heritage

Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville (1785-1868) was the son of the illustrious Pierre (Pedro) de Marigny, aide de camp of Governor Galvez. One of Bernards most valuable contributions to Louisiana was his influence during the drafting of the Louisiana Constitution in 1812. As the leader of the Creole population, he exerted his influence to preserve the French Civil Code in the states constitution. Time line of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville's life created by Kathleen K. Parker
Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville time-line poster by Kathleen K. Parker, New Orleans 

Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville (1785-1868) was the son of the illustrious Pierre (Pedro) de Marigny, aide de camp of Governor Galvez. One of Bernard’s most valuable contributions to Louisiana was his influence during the drafting of the Louisiana Constitution in 1812. As the leader of the Creole population, he exerted his influence to preserve the French Civil Code in the state’s constitution.
 

William de Marigny de Hyland’s Reminiscence of Bernard de Marigny, Founder of Mandeville portrays Bernard as a man of influence, achievement, and contradictions.
 

According to de Hyland, Bernard knew every governor of Louisiana in the first half of the 1800’s. He was also a friend of Louis Philippe, Andrew Jackson, Lafayette, other leaders, artists and academics. Loved by some, hated by others, he believed that nothing was more important than the preservation of Louisiana’s cultural heritage, a legacy that differentiates Louisiana from all of the other states in America.

Today the City of Mandeville’s new museum (The Cultural Interpretative Museum at the Mandeville Trailhead) pays homage to the city’s founder.
 

A timeline of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville's life follows:

• 1800 – 1806 Bernard inherits the Faubourg Marigny Plantation in 1800 and sells parcels of this land to create the neighborhood known as the Faubourg Marigny.
• 1803 Louisiana Purchase
• 1810 Bernard is elected to the Louisiana Territorial Legislature. He defended the rights of the “anciens habitants” and became the foe of the “Americans” who were flooding into New Orleans.
• 1812 Drafting of the first Louisiana Constitution. The territory of Orleans becomes the state of Louisiana.
• 1814 – 1815 Bernard serves as the Chairman of the Louisiana House of Representatives Defense Committee. He is influential in enlisting the help of pirate Jean Lafitte and fellow Baratarians in the war against the British.
• 1829 Bernard purchases 2,856 acres of land in Mandeville. He buys the Fountainbleu estate tract and surrounding properties. Bernard begins the development of Mandeville as a resort community.
• 1868 Bernard dies at the age of 82 and is buried in St. Louis I Cemetery. It has been believed that he died a pauper, but this idea has been refuted. At the time of his death he had an estate which included property in New Orleans and Mandeville and $20,000.
 

 
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Kathleen K. Parker is a native New Orleanian who is a photographer and a writer. A graduate of UNO and Southeast College of Technology, Kathleen...

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  • terry@protectall 1 year ago
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    What a fascinating piece of Louisiana history, Kathleen! Such amazing detail.

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