Robert C. Culpepper

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Robert Campbell Culpepper, Sr.

Clerk of Court for Jackson Parish, Louisiana
In office
1900–1908

Louisiana State Senator for
Jackson and Ouachita parishes
In office
1908–1912
Preceded by W. F. Millsaps
Succeeded by T. L. Hood

Judge of the 9th Louisiana Judicial District Court in Alexandria
In office
1924–1942

Born May 31, 1873
Jackson Parish, Louisiana
Died March 2, 1950 (aged) 76)
Alexandria, Louisiana
Resting place Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) (1) Margaret Diane Wyatt (married 1899-1911, her death)

(2) Margarete Albright Culpepper (married 1915-1949, her death)

Children Lillian Postell Culpepper Drouett

Robert Wyatt Culpepper
William A. Culpepper
Robert C. Culpepper, Jr.
Parents:
Robert Mallory and Caroline Virginia Hawthorn Culpepper

Residence Jonesboro, Louisiana

Alexandria, Louisiana

Alma mater Northwestern State University (Natchitoches)

Self-study of law

Occupation Educator; Banker; Attorney, Judge
Religion Baptist

Robert Campbell Culpepper, Sr. (May 31, 1873 – March 2, 1950), was an attorney and a Democratic politician from his native Louisiana.

Biography

Born in Jackson Parish in North Louisiana, Culpepper was one of eight children, four male and four female, of Robert Mallory Culpepper (1837-1902) and the former Margaret Virginia Hawthorn (1843-1891), who were originally from Georgia and Arkansas, respectively. Robert M. Culpepper came to Louisiana at the age of fourteen and fought in the Army of the Confederate States of America in the Civil War. He attained the rank of quartermaster sergeant and was wounded and on another occasion captured in the fighting.[1]

Robert C. Culpepper was educated at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, from which he graduated in 1896. He taught school until 1900, when he was elected as the Jackson Parish clerk of court, based in Jonesboro.[1] From 1908 to 1912, during the administration of Governor Jared Young Sanders, Sr. (1869-1944), he was a state senator for Jackson and neighboring Ouachita parishes, which includes Monroe.[2] While in the state Senate, he was simultaneously the cashier of Jackson Parish Bank from 1909 to 1912.[1]

Culpepper studied law privately and was admitted to practice in 1912. He relocated to Alexandria in Rapides Parish in Central Louisiana, where he engaged first in real estate law, principally succession and land titles. In 1924, he was elected as a judge on the 9th Judicial District Court,[1] a body on which his middle son, William A. Culpepper, subsequently served for a single six-year term. Robert Culpepper left the court in 1942 at the age of sixty-five.[3]

Culpepper was first married to the former Margaret Diane Wyatt (1876-1911) of Jackson Parish, by whom he had two children, Lillian Postell Culpepper (1901-1974), who married Emile Drouett, a sugar cane planter from Meeker in south Rapides Parish, and Robert Wyatt Culpepper (1907-1976). In 1915, in DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, he married the former Margarete Helen Albright (1888-1949), a native of Durham, North Carolina. From this second marriage, he had in addition to later Judge William Culpepper a third son, Robert, Jr., a physician.[1]

Culpepper was a Southern Baptist and a member of the Masonic lodge and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Hon. Robert Campbell Culpepper. culpepperconnections.com. Retrieved on October 8, 2015; information no longer accessible on-line.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana Senate, 1880-2024 for Jackson and Ouachita parishes. Louisiaa State Senate. Retrieved on December 27, 2020.
  3. Judge William Albright Culpepper. Alexandria Town Talk (October 7, 2015). Retrieved on December 27, 2020.