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Louis Wigfall

Born: Apr 21, 1816

Death: Feb 18, 1874

Birthplace: Edgefield

Nationality: United States

Louis Wigfall

Date of Birth : Apr 21, 1816
Date of Death : Feb 18, 1874
Birth Place : Edgefield

Louis Trezevant Wigfall was an American politician from Texas who served as a member of the Texas Legislature, United States Senate, and Confederate Senate. Wigfall was among a group of leading secessionists known as Fire-Eaters, advocating the preservation and expansion of an aristocratic agricultural society based on slave labor. He briefly served as a Confederate Brigadier General of the Texas Brigade at the outset of the American Civil War before taking his seat in the Confederate Senate. Wigfall's reputation for oratory and hard-drinking, along with a combative nature and high-minded sense of personal honor, made him one of the more imposing political figures of his time.


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