Dr. J. D. Trahan
Dr. J. D. Trahan
Built Circa Year: Built 1869
Address: 814 South Washington Street
National Register of Historic Places: Lafayette Historic Register Number 021
Historic Register Listing:Designated June 6, 1992

Dr. John D. Trahan was born Dec. 27, 1842, the son of Edmond and Emilie (Ducharme) Trahan, both natives of Lafayette Parish, and descendants of French settlers of Nova Scotia who immigrated to southwestern Louisiana in the latter part of the 18th century. Dr. Trahan was a pharmacist for General Alfred Mouton during the Civil War, and in 1867, he received a medical degree at Tulane University. Trahan and his wife, Rose Alice Larribeau were married in 1868, and bought the property on Washington Street from Joseph Breaux in 1869. Dr. Trahan’s practice extended as far as 75 miles from Lafayette, with most of the traveling being done on horseback. He practiced medicine for 47 years in the parish of Lafayette. uring an epidemic of yellow fever, in 1867, Dr. Trahan was untiring in attending to his patients and contracted the disease, but escaped death.
In 1873-74 he served as a member of the legislature, and in 1895 he was elected a member of the Lafayette City Council. In 1898, Dr. Trahan was appointed to the board of Louisiana State Medical Examiners,
serving 4 years. Dr. J. D. Trahan’s son, Dr. Anatole Trahan, joined his father’s practice in 1882. Anatole also served as Lafayette Mayor in 1911.