Pierre Bossier

Pierre Evariste Jean-Baptiste Bossier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1843  April 24, 1844
Preceded by District established
Succeeded by Isaac Edward Morse
Louisiana State Senator from Natchitoches Parish
In office
1833  1843[1]
Personal details
Born (1797-03-22)March 22, 1797
Louisiana, New France
Died April 24, 1844(1844-04-24) (aged 47)
United States Washington, D.C.
Resting place Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Parents François Paul and Catherine Pelagie Lambre Bossier
Occupation planter
Religion Roman Catholic
Bossier Street in Natchitoches is named for Pierre Bossier.

Pierre Evariste Jean-Baptiste Bossier (March 22, 1797 – April 24, 1844) was a soldier, planter, and politician born in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is the namesake of Bossier Parish (pronounced BO zhure), which includes the parish seat of Benton and the larger Bossier City, located east of the Red River across from Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana. The Pierre Bossier Mall shopping center in Bossier City also bears his name.

Bossier was the son of François Paul Bossier and the former Catherine Pelagie Lambre. He received a classical education privately. Bossier was a cotton and sugar planter on his plantation, Live Oaks, on the Cane River, formerly a segment of the Red River, in Natchitoches Parish. He was also a general in the state militia.

Having entered politics as a Democrat, Bossier was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1833 to 1843. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the newly established Fourth Congressional District in north Louisiana from March 4, 1843, until his death in office a year later in Washington, D.C.

Cherokee Plantation Duel

In the summer of 1839, a political argument between a prominent Whig, General F. Gaiennie, and State Representative General P. E. Bossier, a Democrat, escalated to open incriminations in the local newspaper. Bossier demanded a duel and Gaiennie accepted choosing rifles as the most deadly weapon available. The duel took place the following Autumn on the grounds of Cherokee Plantation in Natchitoches Parish.

Bossier is interred at the Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches.


  1. Louisiana State Senate records on-line begin with the year 1880.
United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 4th congressional district

1843  1844
Succeeded by
Isaac Edward Morse
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