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Thomas Courtland Manning

Alexandria, LA, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 31° 17' 33.6516", -92° 27' 59.6268"
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Side One: Thomas Courtland Manning 1825-1887. On this site in 1906 the City Library known as the Manning Memorial Library was opened, named in honor of a 19th century resident who served his State and his Nation. Hundreds of his personal volumes were donated to this library, which ceased operation a year or so later.

Born in Edenton, NC, he became an attorney by reading-for-the-law, Albemarle Sentinel editor, educator at Edenton Academy and Master of the Equity Court, Chowan County.

In 1855, he moved his family to Alexandria. Their residence was eight blocks west, bounded by Second, Third, Madison and St. Anne Streets and faced Red River.

His major accomplishments in life were:
Member of first Board of Supervisors for LA Seminary (LSU)
Adjutant General of LA - C.S.A. - 1863-1864
Assoc. Justice of LA Supreme Court C.S.A. 1864-1865
Chief Justice of LA Supreme Court 1877 - 1880
Assoc. Justice of LA Supreme Court 1882-1886
U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico 1886-1887

Side Two: Thomas C. Manning died in New York City, having gone there to attend a Trustees Meeting of the Peabody Education Fund. He had been a member of this august body since 1880. Burial took place in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans and in 192, his wife, Mary Louisa Blair, joined him. Of their seven children, four are buried in Rapides Parish at the McNutt Cemetery.

The epitaph on his monument best sums up his life-
His unsullied private life
Gave tone to his public acts
His integrity of purpose
Inspired all with confidence
His public life shewed
That a man can fill office
And leave it without a stain.

An Honest Man is the noblest work of God.

Last updated: 7/27/2009 15:10:00
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