Friday, October 7, 2011
Phanor Breazeale (1858-1934)
A member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana, Phanor Breazeale was born in Natchitoches Parish on December 29, 1858. He graduated from the Tulane Law School in 1881 and shortly thereafter began the practice of law. While engaged in his law practice, Breazeale took on other responsibilities, including stints as a newspaperman and school board president.
Breazeale's first taste of political life came in 1892 when he was elected as district attorney for Louisiana's 10th judicial district. He served eight years in this office, and in 1899 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to three terms in Congress and was defeated for re-election in 1904 by John Thomas Watkins (1854-1925.)
Breazeale as he appeared in the 1902 edition of "Around the Capitol".
After his defeat, Breazeale returned to Natchitoches to resume his career as an attorney. In 1908 he was named to the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee and served on it until his death. He also was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1908 and 1916. One of his last acts of public service was as a member of the Louisiana Convention of 1921. Phanor Breazeale died at the age of 75 on April 29, 1934 and was buried in his native city of Natchitoches.