Alfred Briggs Irion

Alfred Briggs Irion (* February 18, 1833 in Evergreen, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, † May 21 1903 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1887 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alfred Irion attended the public schools of his home and then the Franklin College in Opelousas. This was followed up in 1855 to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1857 admitted to the bar he began in Marksville (Louisiana ) to work in his new profession. At the same time he suggested a also a political career.

In 1861, Irion was a delegate to the meeting at which was discussed on the withdrawal of the state of Louisiana from the Union. He vehemently opposed the move, but could not prevail. After the outbreak of the Civil War he served until 1864 in the army of the Confederate States. Then he was elected to the House of Representatives from Louisiana in the years 1864 and 1865. After this time, he continued his legal practice continues in Marksville. In this city he gave 1866-1874 out a newspaper. In 1870, Irion moved to Evergreen. In his new hometown, he worked as a lawyer. He also began working as a planter and writer.

Politically, Irion member of the Democratic Party. In 1879, he participated in a meeting to revise the state constitution of Louisiana as a delegate. Between 1880 and 1884 he served as an appellate judge for the third judicial district of his state. In the congressional elections of 1884 he was in the sixth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Edward T. Lewis on March 4, 1885. Since he was not nominated in 1886 by his party for a second term, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1887.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, Alfred Irion retired from politics. He died on 21 May 1903 in New Orleans and was buried in Evergreen. Irion was married to Caroline King (1835-1878), with whom he had eight children.