Gustavus Schmidt (1795-1877) was an important lawyer in New Orleans who had emigrated from Sweden, where his brother, Carl Christian, rose to become a judge. The two brothers corresponded until the death of Carl Christian in 1872. Schmidt published the Lousiana Law Review in 1841 and lectured in law in the mid 1840s. In 1851, he published the Civil Law of Spain and Mexico organised in the structure of a modern code, a work recently reprinted by William S. Hein. Schmidt was a noted book collector, and the sale catalogue of his significant library was recently printed in the Tarlton Law Library Legal History Series, as number 6, with valuable introductory and other material by Michael Hoeflich, Kjell Å Modéer, and Louis V. de la Vergne. Schmidt was buried in the St Louis Cemetary no. 2 in New Olreans, where his tomb has been recently restored.
Professor Modéer is due to give talk about the Schmidt brothers on 1 April at lunchtime in the Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. See the poster below.