George Eustis Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Louisiana's 1st district
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
|Preceded by||William Dunbar|
|Succeeded by||J. E. Bouligny|
|Born||September 28, 1828|
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
|Died||March 15, 1872 (aged 43)|
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
|Political party||American Party|
Louise Morris Corcoran
(m. 1859; died 1867)
|Relations||James Biddle Eustis (brother)|
Tommy Hitchcock Jr. (grandson)
|Children||William Corcoran Eustis|
George Peabody Eustis
Louise Mary Eustis
|Parent(s)||George Eustis Sr.|
Clarice Allain Eustis
Harvard Law School
|Occupation||Lawyer, politician, diplomat|
George Eustis Jr. (September 28, 1828 – March 15, 1872) was an American lawyer and politician.
Eustis was born in New Orleans on September 28, 1828. He was the namesake and eldest son of George Eustis Sr. and Clarisse Duralde Eustis (née Allain). His father was a lawyer who served as a Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Among his siblings was brother James Biddle Eustis, a U.S. Senator and Ambassador to France.
His paternal grandparents were Jacob Eustis and Elizabeth Saunders (née Gray) Eustis and his maternal grandparents were Valérien Allain and Céleste (née Duralde) Allain. His mother was the niece of Julie Duralde Clay, a sister-in-law of statesman Henry Clay through her marriage to Clay's brother John Clay.
Eustis graduated from Jefferson College in Convent, Louisiana, and obtained a law degree from Harvard Law School.
After graduation from law school, he was admitted to the bar and practiced in Louisiana before becoming involved in politics.
He was a member of Congress and then later secretary to John Slidell during the Civil War. He became a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Louisiana. He served two terms, from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1859, as a member of the anti-immigration American Party.
During the U.S. Civil War, he was a Confederate Military Aide to Louisiana Senator John Slidell and was captured along with Slidell and James Murray Mason aboard the steamer RMS Trent by Union Navy Captain Charles Wilkes in what became known as the Trent Affair. Eustis followed Slidell to Paris, where he served as Secretary of the Confederate mission there.
In April 1859, Eustis was married to Louise Morris Corcoran (1838–1867), the only surviving daughter of Louise (née Morris) Corcoran and William Wilson Corcoran, a banker and philanthropist who co-founded the Riggs Bank. Her grandfathers were mayor Thomas Corcoran and naval officer Charles Morris. Together, they were the parents of two sons and a daughter:
He died in of tuberculosis in Cannes, France, on March 15, 1872. His body was brought to the United States and interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Through his son George, he was a grandfather of George Morris Eustis (1899–1961) and Lucinda Eustis Corcoran (born Lucinda Morgan Corcoran Eustis).
Through his daughter Louise, he was a grandfather of Celestine Eustis Hitchcock (1892–1935), who married New York City architect Julian Livingston Peabody and died with him aboard the SS Mohawk; Thomas Hitchcock Jr. (1900–1944), who married Margaret Mellon (daughter of William Larimer Mellon Sr.); Francis Center Eustis Hitchcock, who married, and divorced, Mary Atwell; and Helen Hitchcock (d. 1979), who married James Averell Clark, (son of George Crawford Clark, a founder of Clark, Dodge & Co.) in 1919.
Mr. W.W. Corcoran died at 6:30 this morning. He passed away quietly and peacefully. ...