J. Burton Angelle

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James Burton Angelle, Sr.​​​

St. Martin Parish Police Juror
In office
1952​ – 1960

Louisiana State Representative
for St. Martin Parish
In office
Preceded by Robert Angelle
Succeeded by Jesse J. Guidry​

Born July 26, 1924​​
Cecilia, St. Martin Parish

Resident of Breaux Bridge,
St. Martin Parish​​

Died August 27, 1997 (aged 73)​
Lafayette, Louisiana​​​
Resting place St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2

in Breaux Bridge​

Political party Democrat​​​
Spouse(s) Shirley Dauterive Angelle​​​
Children Nine children​, including
Scott Angelle

​​ Will Joseph and Jeanne Callier Angelle​​​

Alma mater Universitiy of Louisiana at Lafayette​
Occupation Businessman; politician​​

United States Navy
in World War II

Religion Roman Catholic​​

James Burton Angelle, Sr., known as Burt Angelle (July 26, 1924 – August 27, 1997), was a businessman, Democratic politician, and civic figure from St. Martin Parish in south Louisiana.

He was born in Cecilia, a census-designated place of fewer than two thousand residents in St. Martin Parish, to Will Joseph Angelle (1899-1958) and the former Jeanne Callier (1901-1962). He and his wife, the former Shirley Dauterive (1930-2010),[1] had nine children: Burton, Jr., Glenn, Brian, Scott, Sharon, Brenda, Julie, Nanette, and Cathy. Angelle served in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1949, he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette). He began his working career as the assistant county agent of Natchitoches Parish. He was the manager of his wife's family's Dauterive Motor Company of Breaux Bridge. The company later became Angelle and Dauterive Ford Company and from 1956 to 1984 Angelle Ford.[2]

Angelle's political career began with his election to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury, a post that he filled from 1952 to 1960.[2] He was a state representative from 1964 to 1972, when he resigned [3] to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He was the secretary in two stints, 1973-1980 and 1984-1988,[2] during the first three nonconsecutive terms of his mentor, Governor Edwin Edwards.

In 1973, Angelle received the Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Award. He was a Roman Catholic and a member of the church's men's organization, the Knights of Columbus, of which he was named grand knight in 1984. He was also affiliated with Woodmen of the World, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Catholic St. Bernard Elementary School Board, the Breaux Bridge Volunteer Fire Company, the Lions Club, the Farm Bureau, the parish and state Cattleman’s associations, and the Young Men’s Business Club.[2]

He died at the age of seventy-three at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette. He is interred at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge.[4]

His son, Scott Anthony Angelle, switched partisan affiliation from Democrat to Republican in 2010 and served briefly in the first Bobby Jindal administration as lieutenant governor from May to November 2010 and then a member from 2013 to 2017 of the five-person regulatory Louisiana Public Service Commission. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in the 2015 [[primary], from which Democrat John Bel Edwards emerged to defeat the then U.S. Senator David Vitter. In 2016, he lost again as a Moderate Republican to the more conservative Clay Higgins in the race for Louisiana's 3rd congressional district, Angelle then accepted an appointment from the Donald Trump administration as the director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement in Washington, D.C.


  1. James Burton "Burt" Angelle, Sr.. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on May 18, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Angelle, J. Burton, Sr.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on May 18, 2020.
  3. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on May 18, 2020.
  4. Lafayette Daily Advertiser, August 28, 1997.