Saturday, Feb. 24, 1945
Some news just make you smile. Here’s one in the paper today about a jilted bachelor who created a fund to provide dowries to indigent women in Louisiana. Julien de Lallande Poydras, born in France in 1740, supposedly could not marry the love of his life because her family could not provide a dowry. A Frenchman who served in his country’s Navy, was captured by the British, and ultimately settled in Louisiana in 1779, he never had a family of his own so he shared his wealth with those in need. He founded an orphanage and created the dowry fund. And guess what: the paper reports that 21 brides received dowries this year! Poydras wrote a will that would have freed his slaves after his death and given them each a stipend. But the State of Louisiana passed a law forbidding the freeing of slaves. So after Poydras died in 1824, his slaves had to wait until after the Civil War to be freed and they never got a cent.