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Ernest Nathan Morial

Born: Oct 9, 1929

Death: Dec 24, 1989

Birthplace: New Orleans

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Ernest Nathan Morial

Date of Birth : Oct 9, 1929
Date of Death : Dec 24, 1989
Birth Place : New Orleans

Ernest Nathan Morial, known as Dutch Morial, was an American political figure and a leading civil rights advocate. He was the first African-American mayor of New Orleans, serving from 1978 to 1986. He was the father of Marc Morial, a subsequent New Orleans mayor. Morial, a New Orleans native, grew up in the Seventh Ward. His father was Walter Etienne Morial, a cigarmaker, and his mother was Leonie V. Morial, a seamstress. He attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School and McDonogh #35 Senior High School. He graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1951. In 1954, he became the first African American to receive a law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Morial attended summer school throughout his law school tenure in order to graduate as the first African American. Had he not done so, another classmate, Robert F. Collins, would have graduated at the same time, thus entering into the history books as, technically, the first African American graduate of LSU Law, by virtue of his last name: "C" comes before "M." Collins would later become the first black federal judge in the American South.


  • Politician
  • Judge

Also known as

  • Judge Ernest Nathan Morial


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  • Marc Morial
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