New Orleans Incorporated: 200 Years of the City Charter
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James Pitot (1784-1831) was mayor of New Orleans when the city’s first charter was adopted by the Legislative Council in 1805. A native of France, Pitot found his way to New Orleans after being forced to flee his homeland following the French Revolution. Governor Claiborne had appointed him as mayor in 1804 and resigned the office in the middle of 1805. Claiborne then appointed him to serve as the first judge of the Court of Probates in New Orleans, a post that he held until his death.
          [National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Louisiana. Historical Activities Committee. Louisiana Portraits. New Orleans, 1975]

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