J. Cleveland Frugé

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Joseph Cleveland Frugé​

Judge of the Lake Charles-based Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal
In office
Preceded by New position

Louisiana State Representative
for Evangeline Parish
In office
Preceded by P. L. Fontenot
Succeeded by Not replaced​​​​

Born Basile, Louisiana​

Resident of Mamou in Evangeline Parish​​​​

Died November 10, 1991 (aged 91)​​​
Mamou, Louisiana​​
Resting place ​​Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Ville Platte, Louisiana
Nationality American​​​​​​
Political party Democrat​​​
Spouse(s) (1) Georgianna Tate Frugé (married 1920-1963, her death)​​

(2) Heloise Ann Boudreaux Brown Frugé (married 1964-1987, her death)

Children From first marriage:

Jacques Cleveland "Jack" Frugé, Sr.
James Ferdinand ​Frugé, Sr.
​​ Augustin and Alice Reed Frugé
Relations: Albert Tate, Jr. (nephew by marriage

Alma mater St. Charles College

St. Paul's College
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law​

Occupation Attorney; Judge
Religion Roman Catholic​​​

​​ Joseph Cleveland Frugé, known as J. Cleveland Frugé (October 17, 1900 – November 10, 1991), [1] was a Louisiana attorney and long-term jurist who chaired the committee that recommended creation of the Judicial Council of his state's Supreme Court.


Born near Basile in both Acadia and Evangeline parishes, he was the son of Augustin Joseph Frugé (1855-1936) and the former Alice Reed (1879-1946). He attended grammar school in Basile, St. Charles College in Grand Coteau in St. Landry Parish, St. Paul's College in Covington in St. Tammany Parish, and Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, from which he graduated in 1922 and established a legal practice at Mamou in Evangeline Parish[2][3]

In 1920, Frugé married the former Georgiana Barbara Tate of Eunice, Louisiana, the aunt of later Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Albert Tate, Jr., of Ville Platte.[4] The couple had two sons, Jacques Cleveland "Jack" Frugé, Sr. (1923-2005), an attorney and banker who served as a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1956 to 1968 and later as an elected member of the Louisiana State Board of Education.[5] and James Ferdinand Frugé (1925-2012) of Ville Platte. After Georgiana's death in 1963, Judge married in 1964 the former Heloise Ann Boudreaux (1908-1987), a hospital employee in Baton Rouge[2] and the widow of Andrew Matta Brown (1895-1960).[6]

Political career

Frugé practiced law from 1923 to 1935 in Ville Platte, the seat of government for Evangeline Parish located fifteen miles from Mamou.[2] Frugé was a Democratic state representative from 1928 to 1930 under the administration of Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr. He resigned from the House midway in his term[7]upon his election as district attorney for the 13th Judicial District, a post that he filled from 1930 to 1935, when he was appointed judge of the 13th Judicial District.[2]

From 1936 to 1960, Frugé served six consecutive terms as a district judge for the 13th District. In 1946, his judicial colleagues elected him as the first president of the Louisiana District Judges Association, which in 1963 awarded him its "Plaque of Merit."[2]

In 1960, Frugé was elected without opposition to the newly-created Third Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Lake Charles. He was the presiding judge, from 1970 to 1975, when he retired from the bench. During the course of his long career as a jurist, Frugé received three temporary appointments to the Louisiana Supreme Court, replacing retiring justices, five temporary appointments to various district courts; and a temporary assignment to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. In 1973, Judge Frugé received the Herbert Lincoln Harley Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association. Frugé authored three editions of Biographies of Louisiana Judges in 1956, 1961, and 1971.[2]

Civic, church, and genealogical activities

Frugé was active in the Boy Scouts in Evangeline Parish and nationally as well, having received the Scouts' "Silver Beaver Award." He served two terms as president of the Ville Platte Rotary International, president of the Evangeline Parish Red Cross. He served two-terms as chairman of the Evangeline Parish United Way. He was a member of the Roman Catholic men's organization, the Knights of Columbus. He was the president of the Lafayette Diocese Laymen’s Retreat League. He was named a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory and was listed in Who’s Who in America in the South and Southwest and in the American Catholic Who’s Who.[2]

In his later years, he devoted much of his time to genealogical research and published The Frugés of Fakaitaic: A Genealogical Manuscript of the Origin of the Frugé Family and Selected Collateral Lines (1970), An Acadian Pedigree: Family Genealogy of Valence Boudreaux, 1873-1940, and Eve Bergeron, 1879-1945, of Bayou Lafourche (1972); Landry-Gassie: Another Louisiana Family Genealogy in 1975.


Frugé died in Mamou at the age of ninety-one.[2] He is entombed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery in Ville Platte along with his first wife.[1] The second wife is interred beside her first husband at Roselawn Memorial Park in Baton Rouge.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Judge J. Cleveland Frugé. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Frugé, J. Cleveland. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.
  3. 'A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography uses these sources for the article on Judge Frugé: “Prominent Jurist, Civic Leader Judge J. Cleveland Frugé Dies,” Dupré Library at the University of Southwestern Louisiana; J. Cleveland Frugé, comp., Biographies of Louisiana Judges (1971).
  4. Georgiana Barbara Tate Frugé. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.
  5. Jack C. Frugé, Sr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.
  6. Andrew Matta Brown. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.
  7. Historical Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024 (Evangeline Parish). Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on April 21, 2020.

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