Theodore Stark Wilkinson (Louisiana)

Theodore Stark Wilkinson ( born December 18, 1847 at Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, † February 1, 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1891 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Theodore Wilkinson was born on the Point Celeste plantation in Louisiana. He received a private education, but also attended the public schools of his home. Then he studied until 1870 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington ( Virginia). After his return to Louisiana, he dealt with the sugar cultivation. He was also a member of the Board of Education in Plaquemines Parish. Wilkinson was also a member and chairman of the third dike district in Louisiana.

Politically, Wilkinson was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1886, he was the first electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Louis St. Martin on March 4, 1887. After a re-election in 1888 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1891 two legislative sessions. For the elections of 1890 Wilkinson opted not to run again.

In 1892, Wilkinson was chairman of a meeting, which is to oppose a state lottery. From 1893 to 1898 he directed the customs authorities at the port of New Orleans. In 1898 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of governor of Louisiana. In 1912 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore, was nominated at the Woodrow Wilson as a presidential candidate of his party. Otherwise, Wilkinson worked again as sugar growers. He died on February 1, 1921 in New Orleans.