Leander Henry Perez, Sr.
(July 16, 1891 – March 19, 1969), was the Democratic political boss
and St. Bernard
parishes in southeastern Louisiana
during the middle third of the 20th century. Officially, he served as a district judge, later as district attorney, and as president of the Plaquemines Parish Commission Council. He was known for his staunch support of segregation
Perez was born in the small town of Dalcour, on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish, to Roselius E. "Fice" Perez (died 1939) and the former Gertrude Solis (died 1944). He was educated in New Orleans schools, Louisiana State University
at Baton Rouge
, and the Tulane University Law School
in New Orleans. Perez opened a law practice in New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish.
Perez enters Plaquemines Parish politics
In 1916, Perez was defeated as a candidate for state representative. In 1919, he was appointed judge of the 25th Judicial District to fill an unexpired term. In 1920, he won a full term as judge by defeating a local machine run by his intraparty rival John Dymond. He was elected district attorney in 1924 and became involved in a dispute over trapping lands which ended in a shootout known as the "Trappers' War."
In 1928, Perez allied with Huey Pierce Long, Jr.
, who was elected governor. In 1929, he successfully defended Long in the latter's impeachment trial before the Louisiana state Senate.
Perez became wealthy by subleasing state mineral... Read More