Early Sheriffs

Sheriff Lewis Orly
Sheriff Lewis Ory (1848–1903). One of the earliest unsettling events which took place in the beginning of the 20th Century was the untimely end to Sheriff Lewis Ory’s long years of service as sheriff. Ory and other peace officers were attempting to apprehend a known criminal when they were fired upon by a fugitive from Jefferson Parish. Sheriff Ory was hit in the temple and died at the scene. The Daily Picayune’s account of the event praised the sheriff for his bravery and declared that he was a well-known and respected man who would be missed by many in the law enforcement community.
His death is recorded as January 26, 1903.

Past Sheriffs of St. Charles Parish

  • Noel St. Martin 1854 – 1862
  • Louis Ranson 5/21/1866 – 6/7/1866
  • Victor Laurent 6/8/1866 – 7/13/1868
  • Morgan Morgans 7/14/1868 – 8/15/1871
  • J. G. Badenhouser 8/16/1871 – 8/24/1871
  • Morgan Morgans 8/25/1871 – 12/17/1872
  • George Essex 12/18/1872 – 9/30/1878
  • Owen McLeran 10/1/1878 – 11/4/1878
  • Clement Colly 11/5/1878 – 4/20/1880
  • B. Similion LaBranicke 4/21/1880 – 4/22/1883
  • Enest Lafitte 4/23/1883 – 9/7/1883
  • T. T. Baudouin 9/8/1883 – 4/21/1884
  • Lewis Ory 4/22/1884 – 1/27/1903
  • Anthony Madere 4/28/1903 – 4/15/1912
  • J. S. Paterson 4/26/1912 – 4/17/1916
  • Leon C. Vial, Sr. 4/18/1916 – 3/28/1939
  • Marie Keller Vial 3/28/1939 – 4/17/1940
  • Ralph Dubroca 4/18/1940 – 4/17/1944
  • Leon C. Vial, Jr. 4/18/1944 – 3/2/1964
  • John O. St. Amant 3/3/1964 – 6/30/1972
  • Julius B. Sellers, Jr. 7/1/1972 – 6/8/1976
  • John O. St. Amant 6/9/1976 – 11/29/1979
  • Herbert P. LeRay, Jr. 11/30/1979 – 6/30/1980
  • Charles C. Wilson 7/1/1980 – 6/30/1984
  • Johnny Marino 7/1/1984 – 6/30/1996
  • Greg Champagne 7/1/1996 – present
Anthony Madere
Anthony “Tony” Madere (right) replaced Ory and served as sheriff of St. Charles Parish from 1903 until 1912. Sheriff J. S. Paterson served a one-year term from 1912 to 1916. (Photo courtesy of David Pizzolato, Sr.)
Leon C. Vial, Sr. (1878–1939)
Leon C. Vial, Sr. (1878–1939).

This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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