WAGUESPACK, Wilhelm J., St. James Parish, Louisiana
Submitted by Mike Miller

Wilhelm J. Waguespack, attorney, of New Orleans, like his father before him,
was born in St. James parish, La., his birth occurring June 24, 1862.  The
father, Felecien Waguespack, is one of the most successful sugar planters of
Louisiana, and has spent his life in the parish of his birth, where he is
known as an honorable, upright citizen and a man of kindly and charitable
disposition.  He was a member of the police jury of his native parish during
six years and president of that body from 1888 to 1890.  His father, Joseph
Waguespack, first saw the light of day in St. Charles parish, and there he
devoted his attention to the calling of a planter.  Joseph Waguespack's
grandfather came from Germany about 1722.  The mother of the subject of this
sketch was Rosela Faucheux, a lady of French parentage who was born in St.
John Baptist parish, and daughter of Pierre Faucheux of that parish also,
whose grandfather came from France.  Joseph Waguespack, the paternal
grandfather, was living until January 4, 1892, on which day he was carried
away by a violent attack of la grippe.  He was of a wonderfully strong
constitution, and although the snows of many winters had whitened his hair he
was, up to a few days before his death, hale and hearty, and was found working
in his garden for exercise as he was wont to do during the whole period of his
old age.  Wilhelm J. Waguespack graduated from Georgetown university, of the
District of Columbia, as an A. B. in 1882, but prior to that had attended
Jefferson college, of St. James parish, for four years.  After three years
spent in Georgetown university he stood third in his class in philosophy and
metaphysics and took the prize in mechanics.  He at once entered upon the
study of law after returning home, and in 1884 graduated from the law
department of the University of Louisiana.  His legal preceptor was the Hon.
E. D. White, now a United States senator.  Immediately after his graduation he
opened an office in New Orleans, since which time he has practiced his
profession in the parishes of St. James, St. Charles and St. John Baptist, as
well as in New Orleans, with unvarying success.  He has a profound knowledge
and astute judgment of the noble science of law, his judgment and counsel are
regarded as conscientious and safe, and his clientage is one with which he has
every reason to be satisfied.  He is an honored member of the New Orleans bar,
seems to be to the "manor born," and is a true type of the progressive, yet
conservative, and cultured Louisianian.  He is a democrat in politics and in
religion is a member of the Catholic church.  He was married January 9, 1889,
to Miss Felicie M. Poche, the daughter of Judge F. P. P. Poche.

Biographical and Historical Memoires of Louisiana, (vol. 2), p. 438. 
Published by the Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, 1892.

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