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QUERBES, Andrew, banker, planter, civic leader, mayor of Shreveport. Born, New Orleans, July 10, 1864; son of Antoine Querbes and Louise Alterieu. Education: New Orleans schools; Harvey School, Mandeville. Removed to Shreveport, 1886, and entered the retail grocery business; in 10 years had largest wholesale grocery business in North Louisiana; retired from the business in 1903. Became vice president of First National Bank in 1906 and president in 1909. Served on the police jury for four years and mayor of Shreveport for two terms, 1902-1906. As mayor he was noted for his emphasis on law enforcement and rehabilitation of the city's finances. Was a cotton planter and served as president of the Louisiana Cotton Growers Association. President, Shreveport Ice Delivery Company; director, Shreveport Mutual Building and Loan Association; member, board of directors, Louisiana State Fair; Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Member, Catholic church, Elks and Rotary Clubs. Married, February 12, 1889, Alexandrine Ricou. Children: Andrew, Jr., Justin R., and Randolph A. Died, May 24, 1939. P.L.M. Sources: Lilla McLure and J. Ed Howe, History of Shreveport and Shreveport Builders (1937); J. Fair Hardin, Northwestern Louisiana (1939).

QUESTI, Joanni, writer, poet, educator. Born, New Orleans, 1817; locally reared and educated. A Creole of Color; taught French, Spanish, and English at the Institution Catholique des Orphélins Indigents in New Orleans. Held in high esteem by his students and in literary circles, Questi contributed poems to L'Album Littéraire and Les Cenelles. Wrote several articles for La Tribune de la Nouvelle Orléans, a militant newspaper founded in 1864 largely by Creoles of Color seeking civil rights and for which Questi worked as chronicler. He also wrote a novel, Monsieur Paul, which was never published. Died, New Orleans, 1869. D.W.M. Sources: Rodolphe Desdunes, Our People, and Our History (1973); Charles Rousseve, The Negro in Louisiana (1937); Edward Coleman, "Preface" to Creole Voices (1945).

QUINCY, Samuel Miller
, attorney, politician, soldier. Born, Boston, 1833; son of Josiah Quincy, mayor of Boston, 1846-1848, and Mary Jane Miller. Grandfather, Josiah P. Quincy, served as a congressman, mayor of Boston, and president of Harvard University. Graduated from Harvard, 1852, admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, and edited the Monthly Law Review. Was serving in the Massachusetts legislature when the Civil War began. Accepted a commission as captain in the Second Massachusetts Infantry, May, 1861. Seriously wounded and captured by the Confederates in August, 1862, at the Battle of Cedar Mountain. Spent two months in the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Va. Kept a diary of his prison experiences which was later published. After his release and return to the North in October, 1862, was stationed in Washington, D. C. while recuperating from battle injuries. Returned to active duty in 1863 and commanded his regiment in the Battle of Chancellorsville. A recurrence of ill health forced retirement from the Union Army on June 5, 1863. Re-enlisted in November 1863 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, commanding the Seventy-third U. S. Colored Infantry. Served in the Port Hudson campaign and as president of the board of examiners set up in Louisiana to recruit black officers for the Union Army. Was brevetted a brigadier general of the U. S. Volunteers in March, 1865. Appointed mayor of New Orleans by General Nathaniel P. Banks (q.v.) on May 4, 1865, replacing Hugh Kennedy (q.v.). Served as mayor from May 5 to June 8, 1865, and, acting on orders from Gen. Banks, reinstated officials the former mayor had removed from office. Was removed from the mayor's post when a reorganization of the U. S. Army's Deparmtent of the Gulf placed Gen. Edward R. S. Canby (q.v.) in military command of Louisiana. General Canby was under orders from President Andrew Johnson to cooperate with Louisiana governor James Madison Wells (q.v.). This led to Quincy's removal as mayor and the restoration of Mayor Kennedy. Was transferred to the Ninety-sixth U. S. Colored Infantry in September, 1865. In the postwar period, practiced law in Boston, edited the Reports of Cases of his great-grandfather, Josiah Quincy, and served on the board of aldermen and in the Massachusetts legislature. Died at Keene, N.H., March 24, 1887. J.J.J. Sources: "Administration of the Mayors of New Orleans, 1803-1936" (in Main Branch, New Orleans Public Library); Mark Mayo Boatner III, The Civil War Dictionary (1959); Peyton McCrory, Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction: The Louisiana Experiment (1978); New Orleans Herald Tribune, March 25, 1887; New York Times, March 25, 1887.

, soldier, attorney, journalist. Born, Havana, Cuba, May 6, 1829; son of Antonio Quintero, a Cuban tobacco planter, and Anna Woodville, a native of England. At age 12 entered Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.; completed studies there. Returned to Cuba, ca. 1848, and graduated in law in Havana. Through his interest in Cuban independence, entered journalism and wrote passionately for that cause. Three times arrested by Spanish authorities for published opinions. During ill-fated expedition of Narciso Lopez (q.v.), confined to Moro Castle and condemned to death after trial by court martial. Escaped from Cuba and briefly visited New Orleans. Removed to Texas; became editor of the San Antonio Ranchero. Again in New Orleans in 1857, but in 1859 was editing a Spanish illustrated paper published by Frank Leslie in New York. With outbreak of Civil War, joined Quitman Guards in Texas; unit sent to Virginia. Met Jefferson Davis (q.v.) who, on September 4, 1861, commissioned subject as confidential agent of the Confederacy in Mexico. Credited with securing in Mexico supplies of lead, powder, and other munitions for use in the Confederacy's Trans-Mississippi Department. Remained there until end of war. Established himself in New Orleans after war; read law in offices of Semmes and Mott, admitted to Louisiana bar and practiced law in New Orleans. Married Eliza Bournos, a native of New Orleans. Children: Lamar C. (q.v.), John Marshall. At the same time returned to journalism and joined staff of New Orleans Daily Picayune as editor. Also served as consul for Belgium and Costa Rica in New Orleans. A poet; translated Longfellow's poems into Spanish. Died, New Orleans, September 7, 1885; interred tomb of the Army of Northern Virginia, Metairie Cemetery. G.R.C. Sources: New Orleans Daily Picayune, September 9, 1885; Times-Picayune, January 25, 1937; Frank Lawrence Owsley, King Cotton Diplomacy (1931); Fayette Copeland, "The New Orleans Press and Reconstruction," Louisiana Historical Quarterly, XXX (1947).

, attorney, consul general, journalist. Born, New Orleans, September 7, 1865; son of Joseph A. Quintero (q.v.) and Eliza Bournos, a native of New Orleans. Named for Gen. M. B. Lamar, father's law partner in San Antonio, Tex. Education: Jesuit College, New Orleans; Tulane University, law degree 1890. Entered journalism at age 16, joining staff of New Orleans Daily Picayune in 1881. In his long association with that paper and its successor, the Times-Picayune, served as counsel and drama and opera critic. Married Emma Peniston, daughter of Fergus Peniston and Emma Alain of New Orleans. No surviving children. After admittance to bar, formed partnership with brother John Marshall Quintero and Donelson Caffery (q.v.). For ten years represented the tropical division of United Fruit Co. Succeeded father as consul of Costa Rica in New Orleans, 1883; eight years later named that country's consul general for the South. Declined President McKinley's nomination as an associate justice of the Philippines supreme court. In 1910, named by President Taft as delegate to Fourth International Conference of American Countries and the U. S. representative at the centennial of Chile. Member and president, Pickwick Club; member, Boston Club, several carnival organizations. Died, New Orleans, October 30, 1921; interred Metairie Cemetery. G.R.C. Sources: New Orleans Times-Picayune, October 3, 1921; January 25, 1937; Alcée Fortier, Louisiana . . . , 3 vols. (1914).


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