Rapides Parish, Louisiana History and Biographies


Rapides Parish, located in the central portion of the state was first under French rule. It was first settled in 1763 by the Apalachee tribe with permission of Governor Kerlerec as the Native American were fleeing the British and their Creek allies from Florida. In 1790s Alexander Fulton has a Spanish land grant within Rapides Parish and he laid out the future city of Alexandria in 1805. Rapides Parish was created in 1807 by the government of the Territory of Orleans. In this volume, you will find brief sketches of some of the early settlers of the Parish as told by themselves to the writer of the material.

JAMES ANDREWS - district attorney of the Twelfth Judicial District was born in Rapides Parish, February 23, 1847, being a son of Hon. James Rogers and Lucretia M. (Davidson) Andrews, natives of South Carolina and Georgia respectively, the former a planter by occupation, and a man who took much interest in the political history of this locality, serving in the State Legislature through the administration of Gov. Thomas O. Moore.

Southern Publishing Company

(1890), 2006, paper, 95 pp.

ISBN: 9780788495823