Robert Angelle

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Robert Joseph "Bob" Angelle​​​​

Louisiana State Representative
for St. Martin Parish​
In office
1934​ – 1964​
Preceded by Gaston Thibodeaux​
Succeeded by J. Burton Angelle​​

Speaker of the
Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Lorris Wimberly
Succeeded by J. Thomas Jewell

Born August 26, 1896​​​
Cecilia, St. Martin Parish​

Resident of Breaux Bridge,
St. Martin Parish​​​

Died December 22, 1979 (aged 83)​​
Resting place St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge​​
Political party Democrat​​​​
Spouse(s) Madge Germaine Begnaud Angelle​​​​ (married 1919-1979, his death)
Children Three daughters​​​

​​​ Drauvin and Agnes Guidry Angelle​​​
Paul Hardy (state senator and lieutenant governor)

Alma mater University of Louisiana at Lafayette​​
Occupation Businessman; politician
Religion Roman Catholic​​​

Robert Joseph Angelle, known as Bob Angelle (August 26, 1896 – December 22, 1979) was a businessman and Democratic politicians from Breaux Bridge in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.

Angelle was born in the census-designated place of Cecilia, also in St. Martin Parish, a son of Drauzin Angelle and the former Agnes Guidry (1869-1969). He attended public schools and graduated c. 1918 from Southwest Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In 1919, he married the former Madge Germaine Begnaud (1899-1985), the daughter of Peter Lee "P. L." Begnaud (1873-1957), a Breaux Bridge journalist and businessman, and the former Germaine Richard (1879-1958). The couple had three daughters, Agnes Mavis Finley, wife of Warren Finley, Gloria Germaine Kern, married to Louis Kern, and Joyce Alice Doucet, the wife of Fernand Doucet, Jr.[1]

From 1921 to 1932, he was an agent for the Standard Oil Company. From 1936 to 1973, he operated Acadian Lumber Company. He was an organizer and the first president of both the Breaux Bridge Sugar Co-op and the Breaux Bridge Bank and Trust Company. He was also a licensed building contractor and dairyman. In 1923, he was the mayor of Breaux Bridge. He also served on the Breaux Bridge City Council, dates unavailable, and was a member of the St. Martin Parish Democratic Executive Committee.[1] He was a state representative from 1934 to 1964, and the House Speaker from 1957 to 1960 in the third administration of Governor Earl Kemp Long.[2] He sponsored the bill that declared Breaux Bridge the “Crawfish Capital of the World.” In 1959, he was a member of the Louisiana State Board of Liquidation. From 1960 until his death, he was affiliated with the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association. He was a charter member of Breaux Bridge Lions Club. A Roman Catholic, he attended St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge and was a member of his church's men's organization, the Knights of Columbus.[1]

Angelle died at the age of eighty-three and is interred at St. Bernard’s Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge. The year before his death, he published Memoirs of Robert Angelle.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Angelle, Robert Joseph "Bob". A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on May 18, 2020.
  2. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on May 18, 2020.