ARMAND BEAUVAIS (shown in some sources as Arnaud Julie Beauvais) was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana on September 6, 1783. His education was limited and attained through private tutoring. Beauvais entered public service in 1810, with an appointment as justice of the peace of Pointe Coupee Parish. He also served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1814 to 1816 and again from 1818 to 1822, was a member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1822 to 1830, serving as senate president from 1827 to 1830. On October 6, 1829, Governor Pierre Derbigny passed away, and Beauvais, who was president of the senate at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. During his short tenure, the seat of government in New Orleans was relocated to Donaldsonville. On January 14, 1830, Beauvais lost his reelection bid as senate president, thus resulting in the end of his gubernatorial term. He returned to his seat in the senate, finishing out his term. In 1833, he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of State Senator Chenevert, who had resigned. He served in this capacity until 1834. In 1839, Beauvais encountered financial difficulties and lost all of his property to a public auction. Governor Armand Beauvais passed away on November 18, 1843.
Dawson III, Joseph G. The Louisiana Governors: From Iberville to Edwards. Baton Rouge: Lousiana State University Press, 1990.
The Political Graveyard
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.