Robert F. Broussard

Robert Foligny Broussard
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
March 4, 1915  April 12, 1918
Preceded by John Thornton
Succeeded by Walter Guion
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897  March 3, 1915
Preceded by Andrew Price
Succeeded by Whitmell P. Martin
Personal details
Born (1864-08-17)August 17, 1864
New Iberia, Louisiana
Died April 12, 1918(1918-04-12) (aged 53)
New Iberia, Louisiana
Political party Democratic

Robert Foligny Broussard (August 17, 1864  April 12, 1918) was both a U.S. representative and a U.S. senator from Louisiana. He was born on the Mary Louise plantation near New Iberia, the seat of Iberia Parish. He attended public and private schools. Broussard attended the Catholic Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 1879 to 1882. He was a night inspector of customs in New Orleans from 1885 to 1888, when he was appointed assistant weigher and statistician. He held that position in 1888-1889. He graduated from the Tulane University Law School in 1889. He was admitted to the bar the same year and launched his practice in New Iberia. He was elected prosecuting attorney of the Nineteenth Judicial District and held that office from 1892 to 1897.

Broussard was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 March 4, 1915). While in the House of Representative, he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Sixty-third Congress); he did not seek renomination in 1914, having become a candidate for Senator. He was elected in 1914 to the Senate and served from March 4, 1915, until his death three years later in New Iberia ; while in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on National Banks (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses).

Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery in New Iberia.

Edwin Sidney Broussard, I, Robert's younger brother, also practiced law in New Iberia and was elected to succeed Robert in the U.S. Senate.

One of Broussard's nephews, George P. Broussard (1916–1977), was a veterinary medical researcher in New Iberia.

Near the end of his Senate tenure, Broussard's secretary was W. Burch Lee, the former state representative for Webster Parish and later clerk of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Andrew Price
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Whitmell P. Martin
United States Senate
Preceded by
John Thornton
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
March 4, 1915 April 12, 1918
Served alongside: Joseph E. Ransdell
Succeeded by
Walter Guion
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