St. Charles Parish’s most prominent resident, Jean-Nöel Destrehan, a vigorous supporter of the Creole position on statehood and one of the drafters of Louisiana’s first constitution, was privileged to receive Louisiana’s statehood documents from President James Madison in Washington, D.C. Destrehan then ran unsuccessfully to become Louisiana’s first governor. He was, however, chosen by the voters to serve as Louisiana’s first elected United States Senator but did not qualify to serve. It is unknown whether Jean-Nöel spoke English. A language barrier could have been the reason he was unable to qualify for his seat. He was subsequently elected to the office of state senator, serving from 1812 until 1817.
Stephen Henderson decreed upon his death that his slaves would have freedom of choice. The estate remained in litigation for over twenty-five years. Most of his will was nullified. Henderson stated, “My greatest object is to do the greatest quality of good, and to the greatest number of persons and to the poorest people.” (A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Vol. I, A to M, Glenn R. Conrad, Editor. Published by Louisiana Historical Association, 1988)