Dr. C. A. Gaudet, St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller
Dr. C. A. Gaudet, physician and surgeon, New Orleans, La. The Gaudet
family came originally from Lyons, France, and was among the first settlers
on the Mississippi river, where numerous descendants now reside. One of
the descendants of this prominent family, Dr. C. A. Gaudet, son of Michel
D. Gaudet, was born in St. James parish, La., October 6, 1847. His father
was an extensive sugar planter, and at the beginning of the Civil war he
was an officer of the St. James chásseurs, who voted unanimously that he
should stay at home to care for their wives and children, which office he
reluctantly accepted and sealed his promise with all he possessed. Mr.
Michel D. Gaudet died in New Orleans on the 4th of March, 1884, leaving
seven sons and three daughters, five sons and three daughters now
surviving. The paternal grandfather, Ursin Gaudet, was one of the most
prominent men of St. James parish, and the maternal grandfather was a
captain in the Mexican war. Dr. F. B. Gaudet, uncle of our subject, was
one of the most celebrated physicians of New Orleans. He was president of
the board of health of the state and assistant surgeon of Charity hospital
after his return from his studies in Europe. He was also a native of St.
James parish. Dr. C. A. Gaudet passed his boyhood in his native parish and
in his fourteenth year left school and enlisted in the Winchester battery,
Third Louisiana Field artillery, commanded by Major Squires, who is now a
resident of St. Louis, Mo. Our subject surrendered to the federal forces
at Alexandria, La., in June, 1885. He was the youngest of the artillery
company. After cessation of hostilities C. A. Gaudet returned to his home
in St James parish, resumed his classes, studied medicine and after
receiving his degree in the University of Louisiana in 1869, left for Paris
and Berlin to perfect himself in the art of medicine, returning in March,
1872, when he began practicing his profession, paying special attention to
diseases of children. The Doctor is a member of the Orleans Parish Medical
association, also of the State Medical association.
Biographical and Historical Memoires of Louisiana, (vol. 1), p. 440.
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