McENERY, Samuel Douglas (1837-1910)

MCENERY, SAMUEL DOUGLAS, a Senator from Louisiana; born in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La., May 28, 1837; attended the public schools, Spring Hill (Ala.) College, the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; graduated from the State and National Law School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1859; at the beginning of the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a member of a volunteer company called the Pelican Greys, and in 1862 was commissioned a lieutenant; admitted to the bar at Monroe, La., in 1866 and commenced practice; elected lieutenant governor of Louisiana in 1879, becoming Governor upon the death of the Governor in October 1881; elected Governor of Louisiana in 1884; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888; appointed associate justice of the supreme court of Louisiana in 1888 and served until 1897, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1896; reelected in 1902 and 1908 and served from March 4, 1897, until his death; chairman, Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-ninth Congress), Committee on Transportation and Sale of Meat Products (Sixty-first Congress); died in New Orleans, La., June 28, 1910; interment in Metairie Cemetery.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library
Natchitoches, LA
Papers: 1 letter (1885) in Melrose collection, 1700s-1948.

  • U.S. Congress. Samuel D. McEnery (Late a Senator from Louisiana): Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States. 61st Cong., 3d. sess., 1910-1911. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1911.