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Alfred Briggs Irion

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Alfred Briggs Irion
United States Representative from Louisiana's 6th congressional district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byEdward T. Lewis
Succeeded byEdward White Robertson
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1833-02-18)February 18, 1833
Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, USA
DiedMay 21, 1903(1903-05-21) (aged 70)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Resting placeBaptist Cemetery in Evergreen, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsAlvan Lafargue (grandson)

Malcolm Lafargue (great-grandson)

Adolphe Lafargue (son-in-law)
ChildrenAt least two daughters:
Annie and Emma Lafargue
ResidenceMarksville and Evergreen
in Avoyelles Parish
Alma materFranklin College in Opelousas, Louisiana
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
OccupationLawyer and farmer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Branch/service Confederate States Army
UnitTexas 28th Texas Cavalry

Alfred Briggs Irion (February 18, 1833 – May 21, 1903) was a U. S. Representative for Louisiana's 6th congressional district.


Born near rural Evergreen in Avoyelles Parish, Irion attended the common schools, Franklin College in Opelousas, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1855. He studied law privately and was admitted to the bar in 1857. He launched his practice in Marksville, the seat of government of Avoyelles Parish. He served as delegate to the Louisiana secession convention in 1860 and opposed the secession of the southern states.

During the Civil War, Irion served in the Confederate States Army. He was attached to General Walker's division under Colonel Randall.[1] He served as member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1864 and 1865. when he returned to his law practice. He was the editor of a local newspaper in Marksville from 1866 to 1874. He moved to his native Evergreen in 1870 and engaged there in planting. He continued the practice of law and also engaged in literary pursuits.He was a member of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention in 1879. From 1880 to 1884, he served as judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit.

Irion was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1887) but was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination. He died in New Orleans and is interred in the Baptist Cemetery in Evergreen, Louisiana.


  1. ^ "Soldier Details". National Park Service. Retrieved 17 February 2018.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward T. Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward White Robertson
This page was last edited on 20 May 2019, at 07:33
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