Matthew D. Lagan

Matthew Diamond Lagan ( born June 20, 1829 in Maghera, United Kingdom, † April 8, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1891 he represented two times the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Matthew Lagan attended the public schools of his native Northern Ireland. In 1843 he came to the United States, where he settled down in New Orleans on December 28 of this year. There he was active in the crafts and trade. At the beginning of the Civil War, he outfitted many Confederate warships. Later, he was himself a member of the Confederate States Navy. After the war Lagan began in New Orleans as a Democrat, a political career. In 1867 he became a member of the City Council. In 1879 he was part of a meeting to revise the State Constitution. In 1882, he served as Chairman of the City Council of New Orleans temporarily acting mayor of this city.

In the congressional elections of 1886, Lagan was in the second electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Nathaniel D. Wallace on March 4, 1887. Since he resigned in 1888 to run again, he could prefer to take only one term in Congress until March 3, 1889. His mandate then fell to the Republicans Hamilton D. Coleman. In 1890 Lagan ran again for the U.S. House of Representatives. After winning the election, he could at March 4, 1891 Coleman detached again and take his old seat in Congress again. Until March 3, 1893, he spent a further term in Congress.

After his final retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives to Lagan withdrew from politics. He died on 8 April 1901 in New Orleans and was also buried there.