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LACOUR, Anguste (lah'-koor), West Indian magistrate, born in Basse Terre, Guadeloupe, in 1795; died there in 1866. He received his early education in Basse Terre, but finished his studies in Paris, where he was graduated in law, and soon afterward entered the colonial magistracy. He held several offices in Martinique and in Guadeloupe, and in 1840 became judge of the supreme court of Basse Terre. He served for several terms as a member of the "conseil general" of the island, was created knight of the Legion of honor, and received the badge of commander in 1854. The supreme court of Guadeloupe before the third empire enjoyed the privileges of a court of appeal, and in 1849 Lacour was conspicuous among the judges of the court that took up the case of Beauvallon, who had been unjustly condemned in 1836 by the court of Paris for killing in a duel the journalist Dujarrier. The verdict was set aside, and the accused granted a new trial, which resulted in his acquittal. This event caused a profound sensation in the West Indies, as Beauvallon was at that time a prominent citizen of Guadeloupe. Lacour also devoted his leisure time to historical researches, and published "Histoire de la Guadeloupe," which is a standard work on that colony (6 vols., Basse Terre, 1850).
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