Gov. William Charles Cole Claiborne

Male 1773 - 1817  (44 years)


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  • Name Gov. William Charles Cole Claiborne  [1
    Title Gov. 
    Born 13 Aug 1773  Sussex, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Judge, Supreme Court of Tennessee 
    Elected Governor, Louisianna 
    Elected Governor, Mississippi 
    Elected Member of Congress 
    Elected U.S. Senator 
    Burial 1817  Metairie Cem, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried 1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 23 Nov 1817  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • William studied at the College of William and Mary, then Richmond Academy. At the age of 16 he moved to New York City, where he worked as a clerk under John Beckley, the clerk of the United States House of Representatives, which was then seated in that city. He moved to Philadelphia with the Federal Government, studied law, and moved to Tennessee in 1794 to start a law practice. Governor John Sevier appointed Claiborne to that state's supreme court in 1796. The following year he resigned to run successfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, even though he was not yet 25 years of age, as required by the United States Constitution. He served in the House through 1801 when he was appointed Governor of the Territory of Mississippi. William moved to New Orleans and oversaw the transfer of Louisiana to U.S. control after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He governed what would become the State of Louisiana, then termed the "Territory of Orleans", during its period as a United States territory from 1804 through 1812. Claiborne was the first elected governor after Louisiana became a U.S. state, serving from 1812 through 1816. After his term as governor, he was elected to the United States Senate, serving from 4 April 1817 until his death.

      His body was originally buried in St. Louis Cemetery # 1. This was a controversial honor; this then most prestigious of the city's cemeteries is a Roman Catholic cemetery, while Claiborne was Protestant. He was later reinterred in Metairie Cemetery.
    Person ID I3905  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father William Claiborne,   b. 22 Jul 1748, King William, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1809  (Age 61 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Leigh,   b. 1750, King William, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1782  (Age 32 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Notes 
    • They were 1st cousins.
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Eliza Wilson Lewis,   b. 1784, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1804  (Age 20 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1799  [2
    Children 
     1. Cornelia Tennessee Claiborne,   b. 1801,   d. 27 Sep 1804  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F1743  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Clarissa Duralde,   b. Abt 1789,   d. 29 Nov 1809, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 20 years) 
    Married 27 Sep 1806  Attakapas, Louisianna, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. William Charles Cole Claiborne, Jr.,   b. 1808, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1878, Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F1744  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Cayetana Susana Bosque,   b. 13 Feb 1798, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1881, Paris, Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1812  [4
    Children 
    +1. Sophronia Louisa Claiborne,   b. 1812, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1890, New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Unknown Claiborne,   b. 13 Oct 1813,   d. 15 Oct 1813  (Age 0 years)
     3. Charles William Claiborne,   b. 20 Dec 1815,   d. 1879  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F1745  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Aug 1773 - Sussex, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Sep 1806 - Attakapas, Louisianna, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1817 - Metairie Cem, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1817 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Nov 1817 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Claiborne, William C. 1775-1817
    Claiborne, William C. 1775-1817
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  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe,Vol. 2, 1805-1810, James C. Van Horne, Editor, (Name: Yale University Press, New Haven and London 1986;), Note: Page 916..

    2. [S38] Claiborne of Virginia: The First Eight Generations, John Frederick Dorman, (Name: Baltimore, 1995;), p457.

    3. [S57] Find A Grave.

    4. [S38] Claiborne of Virginia: The First Eight Generations, John Frederick Dorman, (Name: Baltimore, 1995;), p458.


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