George Eustis Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
Preceded byWilliam Dunbar
Succeeded byJ. E. Bouligny
Personal details
BornSeptember 28, 1828
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
DiedMarch 15, 1872(1872-03-15) (aged 43)
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Political partyAmerican Party
Louise Morris Corcoran
(m. 1859; died 1867)
RelationsJames Biddle Eustis (brother)
Tommy Hitchcock Jr. (grandson)
ChildrenWilliam Corcoran Eustis
George Peabody Eustis
Louise Mary Eustis
Parent(s)George Eustis Sr.
Clarice Allain Eustis
EducationJefferson College
Harvard Law School
OccupationLawyer, politician, diplomat

George Eustis Jr. (September 28, 1828 – March 15, 1872) was an American lawyer and politician.

Early life

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.[1]

His paternal grandparents were Jacob Eustis and Elizabeth Saunders (née Gray) Eustis and his maternal grandparents were Valérien Allain and Céleste (née Duralde) Allain.[2] 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.[3]

Eustis graduated from Jefferson College in Convent, Louisiana, and obtained a law degree from Harvard Law School.[1]


After graduation from law school, he was admitted to the bar and practiced in Louisiana before becoming involved in politics.[4]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Personal life

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.[5] Her grandfathers were mayor Thomas Corcoran and naval officer Charles Morris.[6] Together, they were the parents of two sons and a daughter:

Grave of Eustis in Oak Hill Cemetery
Grave of Eustis in Oak Hill Cemetery

He died in of tuberculosis in Cannes, France, on March 15, 1872.[4] His body was brought to the United States and interred in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[1]


Through his son George,[13] he was a grandfather of George Morris Eustis (1899–1961) and Lucinda Eustis Corcoran (born Lucinda Morgan Corcoran Eustis).[17]

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;[18] Thomas Hitchcock Jr. (1900–1944), who married Margaret Mellon (daughter of William Larimer Mellon Sr.);[19][20] Francis Center Eustis Hitchcock, who married, and divorced, Mary Atwell;[21][22][23] and Helen Hitchcock (d. 1979), who married James Averell Clark,[24][25][26] (son of George Crawford Clark, a founder of Clark, Dodge & Co.)[27] in 1919.[28][29]



  1. ^ Later in life, George Peabody Eustis took the maiden name of his mother as his surname and became known as George Eustis Corcoran.[9]


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  2. ^ Arthur, Stanley Clisby; Huchet de Kernion, George Campbell (June 1, 2009). Old Families of Louisiana. Genealogical Publishing Com. ISBN 9780806346885. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  3. ^ Clay, Henry. The Papers of Henry Clay. Volume 7: Secretary of State, January 1, 1828-March 4, 1829. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813130506. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Death of Distinguished Louisianian". The Times-Picayune. 17 Mar 1872. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  5. ^ "A Philanthropist's Death. Mr. Corcoran Passes Quietly Away. The Life And Work Of Washington's Most Prominent Citizen. His Wealth And Benefactions". New York Times. February 25, 1888. Retrieved 2014-08-29. Mr. W.W. Corcoran died at 6:30 this morning. He passed away quietly and peacefully. ...
  6. ^ "The Corcoran Mansion". The White House Historical Association. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Wm. Corcoran Eustis Dies. Former Diplomat Was a Captain on Gen. Pershing's Staff" (PDF). The New York Times. 25 November 1921. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  8. ^ Barringer, M.D., Paul Brandson; Garnett, M.A. LL.D., James Mercer (1904). University of Virginia; Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Founders, Benefactors, Officers and Alumni, Vol. II. New York: Lewis Publishing Company. p. 260. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ "GEORGE CORCORAN DIES IN NOGALES, ARIZONA -- Former Summer Resident and Owner Of "The Beeches" Was 73 Years Old". Newport Mercury. 1 Jan 1937. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  10. ^ "George Corcoran Dies; Famous In Art Circles". Arizona Daily Star. 25 Dec 1936. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "DIVORCE KEPT SECRET -- Mr and Mrs George Peabody Eustis Said to Have Parted". The Boston Globe. 8 Jul 1901. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ "3,500-MILE RACE FOR BOY. Wife of Pianist Josef Hofmann Pursues Ex-Husband | George Peabody Eustis, Woman's Former Spouse, "Borrows" Their Child for Visit at Venice and Refuses to Give Him Up--Italian Court's Order Ignored and Father Starts for New York--Met at the Pier with Writ of Habeas Corpus". Chicago Tribune. 27 Feb 1906. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Old-Time Artist Dies in Nogales". Arizona Republic. 25 Dec 1936. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  14. ^ "EUSTIS-STREET NUPTIALS.; Wedding Takes Place at The Hermitage, the Bride's Summer Home" (PDF). The New York Times. 21 August 1908. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  15. ^ "LOUISE MARY EUSTIS MARRIED.; THE HAPPY BRIDEGROOM IS THOMAS HITCHCOCK, JR., OF THIS CITY" (PDF). The New York Times. 28 August 1891. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  16. ^ Times, Special To The New Tobk (30 September 1941). "T. HITCHCOCK SR, SPORTSMAN, DEAD; Head of a Family Long Noted in Polo, Steeplechase and Hunting Circles". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  17. ^ Offill, Jenny; Schappell, Elissa (2008). Money Changes Everything: Twenty-two Writers Tackle the Last Taboo with Tales of Sudden Windfalls, Staggering Debts, and Other Surprising Turns of Fortune. Broadway Books. pp. 21–22. ISBN 9780767922838. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  18. ^ "DOUBLE FUNURAL FOR J. L. PEABODYS | Service Conducted in Church of Resurrection for Ship Disaster Victims. | NOTABLES ARE MOURNERS | More Than 500 Crowd Edifice at Final Honors to Memory of Architect and Wife". The New York Times. 29 January 1935. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Mrs. Laughlin Wed to T. Hitchcock Jr.; Widow of Pittsburgh Steel Manufacturer Bride of Star Polo Player. | Quite Ceremony at Plaza | Secretary of the Treasury Mellon, Uncle of the Bride, Among Out of Town Guests. Wedding Trip to Honolulu. A Remarkable War Record". The New York Times. 16 December 1928. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  20. ^ "Gives Woodland to Aiken; Major Thomas Hitchcock Presents 1,200 Acres for Public Park". The New York Times. 10 December 1939. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  21. ^ Studio, Photo By Ira L. Hill (7 August 1930). "MISS MARY ATWELL ENGAGED TO MARRY; Her Betrothal to Francis C.E. Hitchcock Is Announced by Her Parents. Wedding in September: Fiance Is Brother of Thomas Hitchcock Jr., Polo Star--His Mother Is a Noted Horsewoman". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  22. ^ Times, Special To The New York (2 March 1934). "FRANCIS HITCHCOCK IS SUED FOR DIVORCE; Fifth Avenue Model Accused by Wife in Secret Hearing in Newburgh". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  23. ^ Times, Special To The New York (19 May 1934). "Hitchcocks Divorced; Westchester Justice Grants Motion of Referee Finding for Wife". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  24. ^ Times, Special To The New York (22 February 1979). "OBITS -- CLARK". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Major Clark to Wed an Earl's Daughter ; Long Island Air Pilot and Lady Bridget Elliot Engaged". The New York Times. 15 February 1944. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  26. ^ "James A. Clark Jr., 69, Air Ace and Executive". The New York Times. 16 January 1990. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  27. ^ "J. AVERELL CLARK, 66, A STOCKBROKER HERE". The New York Times. 12 March 1960. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  28. ^ "MISS HITCHCOCK ENGAGED.; Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock to Wed Ensign Clark". The New York Times. 9 October 1919. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  29. ^ "Miss H. Hitchcock Weds Jas. A. Clark; Society Equestrienne a Bride at Her Home, Brook Hollow Farm, Westbury, L.I." The New York Times. 30 November 1919. Retrieved 15 May 2017.