Robert F. Broussard
Robert Foligny Broussard.jpg
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
March 4, 1915 – April 12, 1918
Preceded byJohn Thornton
Succeeded byWalter Guion
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1915
Preceded byAndrew Price
Succeeded byWhitmell P. Martin
Personal details
Robert Foligny Broussard

(1864-08-17)August 17, 1864
New Iberia, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 1918(1918-04-12) (aged 53)
New Iberia, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesEdwin S. Broussard (brother)
Alma materGeorgetown University (BA)
Tulane University (LLB)

Robert Foligny Broussard (August 17, 1864 – April 12, 1918) was both a U.S. representative and a U.S. senator from Louisiana. He was born on the Mary Louise plantation near New Iberia, the seat of Iberia Parish, to Jean Dorville Broussard, and his wife Anastasie Elizadie Gonsoulin Broussard.


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Broussard attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 1879-82. He was a night inspector of customs in New Orleans from 1885–88, when he was appointed assistant weigher and statistician. He held that position in 1888-89. He graduated from the Tulane University Law School in 1889. He was admitted to the bar the same year and launched his practice in New Iberia. He was elected prosecuting attorney of the Nineteenth Judicial District and held that office from 1892 to 1897.

Broussard was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 4, 1915). While in the House of Representative, he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Sixty-third Congress); he did not seek renomination in 1914, having become a candidate for Senator. He was elected to the Senate already on 21 May 1912 and served from March 4, 1915 until his death three years later in New Iberia. In the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on National Banks (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses).

Broussard introduced the "American Hippo Bill", H.R. 23261,[1] in 1910. This bill proposed $250,000 in funding from the federal government to import the hippopotamus from Africa in order to solve two problems at once: the meat shortage in the United States and the invasive plant-species called the Water Hyacinth invading Louisiana's waterways.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "History of Bills and Resolutions - Congressional Record (Bound Edition), Volume 45 (1910)" (PDF). p. 302. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Louisiana's Bizarre Hippo History To Be Recounted in Movie 'American Hippopotamus'". The Times-Picayune.