Rouquette, Adrien Emmanuel
- George F. Reinecke
Rouquette, Adrien Emmanuel (26 February 1813–15 July 1887), Catholic priest and writer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Dominique Rouquette, a wine merchant, and Louise Cousin. His early life was spent largely in St. Tammany Parish, north of Lake Pontchartrain, where his mother’s family were landowners. Rouquette grew up speaking French, and in the pine woods around his house he developed an intimacy with the Choctaws and their lifestyle. His formal education began in 1821 at the Collège d’Orléans, but he did not prosper there. About three years later he was sent to Transylvania College in Kentucky, where he learned English, lived with Protestants, and acquired some Latin. Rouquette’s father having died by suicide in 1819 and his mother having died during his years in Kentucky, his maternal relatives sent him in 1828 to a small French school in Mantua, New Jersey, outside Philadelphia, in which city his older brother Dominique was to read law. A year later he left for the Collège Royal of Nantes in Brittany, France. After some years in Brittany Rouquette passed his baccalaureate examination....