Gonzales officials make March 21 St. Amant Day _lowres

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- At his recent birthday celebration, Mayor Pro Temp Kenny Matassa, left, presented Penrose St. Amant with a proclamation making March 21 Penrose 'Penny' Clyde St. Amant Day in Gonzales.

Gonzales officials honored its former legal advisor, proclaiming March 21 as Penrose “Penny” Clyde St. Amant Day in the city.

St. Amant recently celebrated his 80th birthday, and Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux wanted to do something special for St. Amant said city spokeswoman Charlotte Guedry.

St. Amant, who was born in New Orleans, has been a resident of Gonzales for many years, she said. He watched the town grow and became a storyteller of its history, she said.

The World War II veteran graduated from the LSU Law School, ranking first scholastically in his class before gaining employment as an attorney in the Gonzales area handling both civil and criminal matters, she said.

St. Amant served as town attorney for Gonzales and was sworn in as judge for Division C in 1969.

At St. Amant’s recent birthday celebration, Mayor Pro Temp Kenny Matassa presented St. Amant with a proclamation, claiming March 21 as Penrose Clyde St. Amant Day in the City of Gonzales.