Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Thomas Courtland Manning
Side No. 1
On this site in 1906, the City Library known as the Manning Memorial Library was opened, named in honor of a 19th century resident who served his State and his Nation. Hundreds of his personal volumes were donated to this library, which ceased operation a year or so later.
Born in Edenton, North Carolina, he became an attorney by "reading-for-the-law", Albemarle Sentinel editor, educator at Edenton Academy and Master of the Equity Court, Chowan County.
In 1855, he moved his family to Alexandria. Their residence was eight blocks west, bounded by Second, Third, Madison, and St. Anne Streets, and faced Red River.
His major accomplishments in life were:
*Member of first Board of Supervisors for La. Seminary (LSU)
*Adjutant General of La. - C.S.A. - 1863-1864
*Assoc.-Justice of La. Supreme Court - C.S.A. - 1864-1865
*Chief Justice of La. Supreme Court - 1877-1880
*Assoc.-Justice of La. Supreme Court - 1882-1886
*U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico - 1886-1887
Side No. 2
Thomas C. Manning died in New York City, having gone there to attend a Trustees Meeting
This epitaph on his monument best sums up his life -
"His unsullied private life
Gave tone to his public acts
His integrity of purpose
Inspired all with confidence
His public life shewed
That a man can fill office
And leave it without a stain
An Honest Man is the noblest work of God."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Education • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 31° 18.672′ N, 92° 26.667′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on 3rd Street south of Murray Street, on the left when traveling south. Located in Alexander Fulton Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alexandria (a few steps from this marker); The Rotary Club of Alexandria, Louisiana (a few steps from this marker); City Of Alexandria Post Des Rapides (a few steps from this marker); Post-Civil War Alexandria (within shouting distance Alexander Fulton Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Rapides Parish Governors (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guaranty Eagles (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alexandria.
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