Paul Capdevielle

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Paul Capdevielle
Paul Capdevielle.jpg
45th Mayor of New Orleans
In office
May 7, 1900 – December 5, 1904
Preceded byWalter C. Flower
Succeeded byMartin Behrman
Personal details
Born(1842-01-15)January 15, 1842
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 14, 1922(1922-08-14) (aged 80)
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.
Resting placeSt. Louis Cemetery No. 2[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marie Emma Larue
ProfessionMilitary, politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Years of service1861-1865
UnitLouisiana New Orleans Guard Infantry, Boone's Artillery, Legardeur's Artillery
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Paul Capdevielle (January 15, 1842[2] – August 14, 1922) was mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, from May 9, 1900 to December 5, 1904.


Of French descent, he was educated at the Jesuit College of New Orleans, graduating in 1861, he served in the Confederate Army in the American Civil War, in the New Orleans Guard Regiment of Infantry, then in Boone's Louisiana Artillery. He was captured at Port Hudson, Louisiana in July, 1863. Paroled shortly afterward, and subsequently exchanged, he entered Legardeur's artillery battery, and continued in the Confederate service till the close of the war, when he surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, returning to New Orleans on foot, he read law at the Tulane University Law School, graduating in 1868, and served as an attorney until 1892. In 1892 he gave up the law to accept the presidency of the Merchants' Insurance Company, an important firm which was eventually liquidated. For thirteen years Capdevielle was its president.

1917 cartoon depicting former mayor Capdeville when he was Auditor of the State of Louisiana

His political history began in 1877, when he was appointed to the State School Board by Governor Nicholls. While he was a member of this body the entire state school system was reorganized and put into effective operation. Subsequently he was appointed a member of the New Orleans Levee Board. In the election of 1900 he was the nominee of the Regular Democratic Organization; he won with 19,366 votes versus 13,099 for his predecessor Walter C. Flower.

His tenure as mayor was marked by the installation of the modern sewage and drainage system, by the Robert Charles race riots, and a visit by President William McKinley (the first US President to visit the city while in office).

After his mayoral term, Capdevielle served as president of the New Orleans Public Library Board and as State Auditor of Public Accounts, he is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2.


Honors conferred to Mr Capdevielle:[2]

  • Cross of the Legion of Honor 1902.
  • Cross of Commander of the Order of Saint Olaff, 1902.
  • Cross of Honor, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
  • Degree of LL, St Louis University, 1904.


  1. ^ "Paul Capdevielle". Find A Grave. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Alcee, Fortier (1914). Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form Volume 3. Century Historical Association. p. 87-89. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

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Preceded by
Walter C. Flower
Mayor of
New Orleans

Succeeded by
Martin Behrman