Charles Emery Cate was the 19th-century developer of Hammond's Crossing that became Hammond, Louisiana. Originally from the northern United States, he founded the city's oldest church (Grace Memorial Episcopal Church) and established a factory in Hammond for manufacture of shoes used by the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. The factory, which was destroyed by Union troops during a skirmish in 1864, was on the current site of Hammond's Cate Square, a city park. The church, however, continues, its meetingplace standing on West Church Street near the Canadian National Railway depot and Hammond Amtrak station, from which the churchbuilding is unmistably visible to the west.
Charles Emery Cate is the eponym for Cate Street in the city center (a historic district) and the Charles Emery Cate Teacher Education Center (see insets) at Southeastern Louisiana University.
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