Category:People from Winnfield, Louisiana
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The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 25 pages are in this category, out of 25 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Winnfield, Louisiana – Winnfield is a small city in the parish seat of Winn Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,749 at the 2000 census, and 4,840 at the 2010 census, three governors of the State Of Louisiana were from Winnfield. When Winn Parish was officially formed by the legislature in 1852. During the Civil War, the area around Winnfield was the site of minor skirmishes. Confederate forces defeated a Union detachment sent to destroy the Cary Salt Works in the area, many Civil War bandits made the region their home. Among these were the West and Kimbrill clans, which at one time included the Frank & Jesse James, three Louisiana governors were Winnfield natives and grew up here, Huey Long, Oscar K. Allen and Earl Long. Huey Long became governor, U. S. Senator, Oscar K. Allen was elected governor in 1932. Earl Long, the Louisiana Longshot, served in a variety of positions, said to be more than other Louisianan. He was elected governor in 1939,1948 and 1956 and he was elected to Congress in 1960 but died before he could assume office. Winnfield was a producer of salt in the Civil War days. One still exists today in front of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame, the salt works was located on Saline Bayou. Later the Cary Salt Works started a 840 ft deep mine south of Winnfield, the mine was used by the federal government in Project Coyboy Plowshare Program, Cowboy Event. Between Dec 1959 and March 1960 a series of explosives were set off inside the Carry Salt Works in an unused portion of the mine. The mine later was flooded by an underground river, the mine and all equipment inside was abandoned. The rock quarry operated near or on top of the mine and produced limestone. Winnfield has an elevation of 128 feet, according to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles, all land. North and west of Winnfield, Saline Bayou, a National Wild and Scenic Rivers System waterway, Winnfield is about a three-hour driving distance from Baton Rouge. As of the census of 2000, there were 5,749 people,2,172 households, the population density was 1,733.4 people per square mile
2. Morris N. Abrams – Morris Newton Abrams was a Louisiana educator who specialized in the field of vocational education. Abrams was born in Winnfield, the seat of Winn Parish in north Louisiana, a son of William Charles Abrams and he was educated in the public schools in rural Sikes in Winn Parish. He thereafter received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, on February 1,1941, Abrams married the former Minnie Louise DeLee of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish, one of the Louisiana Florida Parishes. Their children are Carolyn Sue Reece, Marcia Diane Cox, Doris Celeste Hay, Abrams first teaching assignment was at Friendship High School in the Friendship community of Bienville Parish. He soon moved to Winnfield High School, since Winnfield Senior High School and he left teaching temporarily to serve in the Third Armored Division of the United States Army in World War II. He reached the rank of master sergeant, the division had been activated in 1941 at Camp Beauregard near Pineville, Louisiana. From 1950-1955, he was a professor of agricultural education at Texas A&M University in College Station. In 1955, Abrams returned to Winnfield to serve a year as the Winn Parish school superintendent, then, from 1956–1960, he was professor of vocational agricultural education at his alma mater, LSU. He was from 1960-1962 the director of the LSU School of Vocational Education, much later, LSU-A in 2002 became a four-year institution. Abrams received various awards in his field of educational specialization and he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Alpha Zeta, and Alpha Tau Alpha. Abrams died at the age of fifty-six in Clinton and is interred beside his wife at Clear Creek Methodist Church Cemetery in Felixville in East Feliciana Parish, Morris Abrams Hall at LSU-A is named in his honor. There is also a Morris N. Abrams Scholarship available to students who are dependents of LSU-A faculty or staff
3. A. Leonard Allen – Asa Leonard Allen was an educator, attorney, and member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Louisiana. He served eight terms as a Democrat from 1937 to 1953, having represented the now defunct Eighth Congressional District, Allen was born in a log cabin near Winnfield, the seat of Winn Parish, to Asa L. Allen and the former Sophronia Perkins. He was a brother of Governor Oscar Kelly Allen. He was educated in the Winn Parish public schools and received a degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1914. The next year, he married the former Lottie Mae Thompson, Allen taught in the rural schools of neighboring Grant Parish from 1914 to 1917. He was a principal in schools in Georgetown and Verda near Montgomery, thereafter, he became the superintendent of the Winn Parish system, 1917-1922. He studied law on his own, was admitted to the bar in 1922, and practiced in Winnfield, Allen was a prominent Baptist, who served a stint as vice-president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner and he died in Winnfield on his 78th birthday and is interred at Winnfield Cemetery. In Congress, Allen served as chairman of the Committee on the Census, a loyal member of the Long organization, he did not seek a ninth term in Congress in 1952. Instead, he deferred to George Shannon Doc Long, the brother of the legendary Huey Pierce Long, Jr. and Earl Kemp Long. In 1943, Allen was among the US representatives who opposed the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, in 1994, Allen was posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. His brother had been an original inductee a year earlier, Allen died on his 78th birthday. The municipal building in Winnfield is named in his honor
4. Bryant W. Bailey – Bryant William Bailey was a businessman, politician, and journalist who became a leading figure during the 1890s in the short-lived Populist Party in the U. S. state of Louisiana. Bailey was born and briefly educated in Winn Parish to immigrants from Georgia, in October 1890, he moved from his family property to the parish seat of Winnfield to become the manager of a branch store of the local Farmers Union Cooperative Association. By 1894, he was owner of the Bailey Hotel in Winnfield, in 1902, Bailey drilled the first oil well in Winn Parish, a year after the first such structure had been undertaken in the state in 1901 near Jennings in Jeff Davis Parish in southwestern Louisiana. Prior to 1890, like most Louisiana voters at that time, thereafter, he joined the Populist Party, which claimed to represent the common man against the entrenched interests. Soon Bailey emerged as a leader of the Populists. The partys Louisiana branch was organized on October 2,1891, at a convention of delegates from seventeen parishes held in Alexandria, in addition to Bailey, another leading Populist at the founding convention was Hardy L. Brian, a Grant Parish native then residing in Winnfield. The national Populists offered their first presidential nominee in 1892, General James B. Weaver of Iowa, from 1893 to 1907, Bailey edited his Winnfield Comrade newspaper in Winnfield, which became the ancestral home of the Democratic Long political faction. Longism was considered an outgrowth of the early Populist movement, indeed some viewed Huey Pierce Long, in 1898, Bailey was the only Populist delegate to the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention held that year in Baton Rouge. He refused to sign the document, which after ratification remained in effect until 1921. By 1904, the Populist Party had disbanded, in 1908, Bailey was elected to a single term as a Democrat to the office of Winn Parish sheriff. In 1913, after his tenure as sheriff, Bailey began a 20-year stint as vice president, Bailey also worked to establish the Northwest Louisiana Game and Fish Preserve. He obtained state funds to build a dam on Saline Lake. Bailey worked for improved roads and was instrumental in securing the wide city streets of Winnfield. He was influential in removing livestock from municipal streets, Bailey was a member of the Methodist Church and the Masonic lodge. He and his wife, the former Penelope Dickerson, are interred at the Winnfield City Cemetery, mrs. Bailey died twenty-two days after her husbands death. There is no indication of any children
5. James W. Bolton – For Boltons older son, James Calderwood Bolton, scroll down. James Wade Bolton was a prominent banker, civic leader, and school president in Alexandria, the parish seat of Rapides Parish. Bolton High School in Alexandria is named in his honor, from 1912 until his death in 1936, Bolton was the president of the Rapides Bank and Trust Company, later part of Bank One Corporation. Bolton was born in Winnfield in Winn Parish, Louisiana, to George Washington Bolton and the former Tennessee Wade and his first wife, the former Annie White, died in 1895, after fewer than two years of marriage. On October 21,1896, he married the former Mary Esther Calderwood, there three children were James Calderwood Bolton, Robert Harvey Bolton, and Mrs. Charles L. Brown. Both Bolton sons were bankers too and his father had been the first president of the Louisiana Bankers Association. He sat on the board of trustees for the Peabody Institute in Nashville, for years, Bolton represented Rapides Parish on the Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee. Bolton was a member of the board of trustees of Baptist Hospital in Alexandria and he was a member of the Masonic lodge, a Shriner, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. For three decades, Bolton served on the elected Rapides Parish School Board, eighteen of those years as board president, under his leadership, the Rapides system, and particularly Bolton High School, became an educational model for the state. Bolton High School was founded in 1915 in the Garden District of Alexandria on land donated by Bolton, the current facility, a project of the contractor George A. Caldwell of Baton Rouge, opened in 1926, at Boltons prodding, the board established a student loan fund to assist in the education of future teachers. He served in the United States Army during World War I, in 1920, Bolton received the Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 1921 to 1922, he was a member of the department of the National Bank of Commerce in New York City. Bolton joined his fathers Rapides Bank in Alexandria and he was assistant cashier from 1922 to 1925, vice president from 1925 to 1936, president from 1936 to 1955, and the chairman of the Rapides Bank board from 1956 until his death. From 1944 to 1970, he was the chairman of the Alexandria Civil Service Commission and he was the president from 1964 to 1965 of the LSU Foundation and was instrumental in the founding of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, originally a two-year institution. The LSU-A library is named in his honor, Bolton was active in Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, as president, 1930-1931, chairman of the industrial development division, 1965-1974. From 1933-1934, he was the president of the Louisiana Bankers Association and he was also president in 1935 of the state banking division of the American Bankers Association. Like his parents, he was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, from 1928 to 1953, he served on the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention
6. Harley Bozeman – Harley Bernard Bozeman was a salesman, tree farmer, politician, and historian from Winnfield, Louisiana, who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1928 to 1929. He was a confidant of Democratic Governors Huey Pierce Long, Jr. and Earl Kemp Long, Bozeman was born at the Montroy Steamboat landing located between Arkadelphia in Clark County and Camden in Ouachita County in south Arkansas. He had two brothers and three sisters, martin and Caroline Bozeman moved their family to Dodson in Winn Parish when Harley was ten years of age. When he was fourteen, they relocated to the larger Winnfield, after leaving high school, Bozeman was a traveling salesman of items such as baking powder, starch, and pharmaceutical supplies. He often was joined by Huey Long in such pursuits, Bozeman served briefly in 1918 the United States Army, but a case of influenza and pneumonia soon returned him to Winnfield. With his pharmacist brother Mike, Bozeman for a time operated the old Winnfield Drug Company, Bozeman returned temporarily to the life of a traveling salesman. In Tyler, Texas, he met and soon married in 1922 Annabell Estes, back in Winnfield, he was sales manager for the Southern Minerals Company until the company quarry was sold in 1923. Harley and Annabell Bozeman had two children, in 1928, newly elected Representative Bozeman was named chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He introduced a bill for taxpayer-funded textbooks, a change also associated with John Sparks Patton and he soon resigned from the House to become chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission. In private life, he purchased cut-over timberlands and was one of the first in Winn Parish to have a tree farm. For many years, Bozeman was an observer for the National Weather Service. He subsequently served on the Winnfield City Council, in which capacity he worked to establish the municipally-owned electric system in 1942. A charter member of First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Winnfield, he served on the board of directors until October 1970, Annabell Bozeman was a founder of the Winn Parish Library. Before her death she prodded her husband to begin writing the history that he had lived, in 1956, Bozeman hence launched a series of historical articles which ran in the weekly Winn Parish Enterprise-News-American newspaper under the name Winn Parish As I Have Known It. These articles continued until March 1971, but were sporadic in the last months of his life because of illness, bozemans articles in The Enterprise covered many previously unknown facets of Winn Parish history. He conducted many interviews with old-timers and pored over old manuscripts, letters and he possessed a personal memory of the past, and his work was often accompanied by rare pictures, drawings, maps, and letters. His articles were sometimes entertaining and frequently replete with humor, in addition to his writing, Bozeman helped libraries even beyond Winn Parish to build up their historical files. He became an authority of historical materials
7. P. J. Brown – Collier P. J. Brown Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He has been voted into the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times, in 1997,1999 and 2001, and won the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2004. Brown played four years at Louisiana Tech and averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in 121 contests and he left Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs 2nd all-time leader in blocks with 241, and 5th in rebounds with 1,017. Brown was selected out of Louisiana Tech University with the 29th overall pick in the round of the 1992 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. However, he elected to play in the 1992–1993 HEBA A1 season in his first year out of college, the Nets made the playoffs in 1994, and Brown appeared in 4 first round playoff games as New Jersey was eliminated by the New York Knicks. That season also featured Brown participating in the 1994 Rookie Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend. In addition to increasing his playing time Brown also increased his scoring average each year, the Nets however did not reach the post-season in both his second and third year with the team. In the 1996 offseason he would sign as an agent with the Miami Heat. Browns defense and rebounding helped the Heat advance in the playoffs, as they defeated the Orlando Magic in the first round in 5 games and New York Knicks in a grueling 7 games series. He was crucial in the games of the playoffs, scoring 12 points with 14 rebounds in the deciding game against Orlando and 18 points with 12 rebounds in a game 5 win at home against the Knicks. This would result in Brown being suspended for the last two games of the series, along with players from the New York bench who intervened. Despite overcoming New York, the team could not overcome the defending champion Chicago Bulls however, Brown averaged 9.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in the playoffs. In the lockout shortened 1998–99 season, Brown was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2nd time in his career and averaged a career high 11.4 points a game. The Heat once again won the Atlantic Division but also were once defeated in a stunning first round series in 5 games to the 8th seeded Knicks. Browns role continued in the 1999–2000 season, and the Heat would win in the first round against the Detroit Pistons before facing the Knicks for the fourth straight year, once again, the Heat would fall to their New York rivals in another long and grueling 7 game series. In 2000–01, his first season with the Hornets, Brown was selected to his 3rd NBA All-Defensive Second Team, in 2001–02, he was chosen as the Central Division recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. The Hornets relocated to New Orleans prior to the 2002–03 season, in 2003–04, he was yet again chosen as the Central Division NBA Sportsmanship Award recipient, for the 3rd consecutive season, this time capturing the 2004 NBA Sportsmanship Award. Prior to the 2006–07 season, Brown had played in 999 regular season games, by that time, he was one of 26 players in NBA history to have 8,000 points,7,000 rebounds,1,000 assists and 1,000 blocks
8. Earl Long – Earl Kemp Long was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Louisiana, serving three non-consecutive terms. Long, known as “Uncle Earl, ” connected with voters through his folksy demeanor and he departed from other southern politicians of his time by promoting a progressive agenda, including expanding school lunch programs, teacher pay, public works projects, and minority voting rights. His sometimes erratic behavior – including a liaison with New Orleans stripper Blaze Starr – appeared to be of consequence to his electoral success. Long served as governor from 1939 to 1940,1948 to 1952 and he was also elected as lieutenant governor and served from 1936 to 1939. Trying to keep a hand in state government, Long failed in three other bids to be elected lieutenant governor,1932,1944, and 1959. Long was born in Winnfield, the seat of government of Winn Parish, in north central Louisiana to Huey Pierce Long, Sr. and the former Caledonia Palestine Tyson and he was the younger brother of U. S. Representative George Shannon Doc Long and Governor and U. S and their younger sister was Lucille Long Hunt, who married John S. Hunt, II, of Ruston, the seat of Lincoln Parish, in north Louisiana. Their son John S. Hunt, III, was one of three members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, based in Monroe. Long attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where his roommate was John Jones Doles, Sr. a future state senator from Plain Dealing. Long graduated from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Fournet of St. Martinville for lieutenant governor. In his autobiography, Every Man a King, Huey Long said that Earl Longs first candidacy for lieutenant governor brought forth charges of a dynasty in the making. I sought to discourage, stating that it would be disastrous for a brother to undertake to have a brother succeed him or to have him elected as lieutenant governor. It was already being charged that I was a dictator and that I had allowed many relatives to be placed on the state payrolls, to have added a family name to the head of the ticket either for governor or lieutenant governor would have been disastrous to the whole ticket. My brothers and sisters, however, could not see the matter in that light, I gave everyone to understand that I was irrevocably committed to Allen for Governor and Fournet for Lieutenant Governor. Richard W. Leche of New Orleans was elected governor in 1936, but he resigned in scandal in 1939, Long failed to win a gubernatorial term of his own in the election of 1940. During his abbreviated term, Long appointed a cousin, Floyd Harrison Long, Earl Longs brief first tenure corresponded with the Louisiana Hayride scandals that engulfed both Governor Leche and the president of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, James Monroe Smith. Long was defeated in the Democratic primary by the conservative attorney Sam H. Jones of Lake Charles, after the abbreviated governorship, with Coleman Lindsay of Minden as the lieutenant governor, Long was indicted in New Orleans on charges of embezzlement and extortion. The charges involved placing a deadhead on the payroll of a state board
9. George S. Long – George Shannon Doc Long, a member of the Long political dynasty in Louisiana, was a Democratic U. S. representative from the now defunct 8th congressional district from 1953 until his death. Speedy Long of La Salle Parish, another member of the family, once jokingly compared George Long, George Long was the fourth born of ten children born to Huey Pierce Hugh Long, Sr. and the former Caledonia Palestine Tison. He was born and reared in a log cabin in tiny Tunica in West Feliciana Parish near Baton Rouge, when he was five, the Longs moved to Winnfield in Winn Parish, some fifty miles north of Alexandria. He attended the Winnfield public schools, Long attended what was then called Mount Lebanon College, now the conservative Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville in Rapides Parish. Long thereafter taught school for a time in Winn and Grant parishes and he thereafter studied dentistry at various locations, including Atlanta, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and New Orleans. He practiced dentistry in Oklahoma between 1904 and 1935, in World War I, he was in officer training school in Waco, Texas, when the armistice was signed. Long was elected a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from Tulsa County in 1922 for the 1923 session and he also studied law and was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1923. In 1935, Long relocated to Monroe and practiced there until 1940. In 1948, he was appointed by his brother, Governor Earl Long, as superintendent of the Louisiana Colony and Training School in Pineville and he also practiced dentistry in Pineville. In 1950, he was demoted from superintendent to institutional inspector at the training school, George Long was a delegate to the 1948 Democratic National Convention that met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was part of the loyalists pledged to the Harry Truman-Alben W. Barkley ticket, Thurmond was the official Democratic nominee in Louisiana and three other southern states though Earl Long backed the losing Truman slate in Louisiana. In 1948 and again in 1950, George Long unsuccessfully contested his partys nomination for the Eighth District U. S. House seat and he lost to Asa Leonard Allen, brother of former Governor Oscar K. Allen, a Long protégé. Leonard Allen continued to have the support of Earl Long, the Long brothers frequently quarreled among themselves and would support the opponents of each other when they saw it in their interests to do so. Doc Long continued to work on Earl Longs teeth throughout their political estrangements, Long was the founder and director of the Dr. George S. George Long was hence elected in Long country in 1952,1954, in Congress, he was known for his work on the Veterans Affairs Committee, and he helped to organize the prayer room off the Capitol rotunda. In 1953 as he took office as U. S. representative, Long hired a defeated rival, Leroy Chandler. A businessman originally from Grant Parish, Chandler was a 12-year member of the Rapides Parish School Board, in 1948, Chandler had been a presidential elector for the national Truman-Barkley ticket, which lost in Louisiana to Strom Thurmond. During the Earl Long state administration, Chandler had been president of the Red River, Atchafalaya, at the time of his death, Chandler operated Leroys Restaurant in Alexandria
10. Gillis William Long – Gillis William Long was a Democratic U. S. Representative from Louisianas 8th congressional district, based about Alexandria, and he was a member of the Long family. Long served seven terms in the House but placed third in two campaigns for the Democratic gubernatorial nominations in 1963 and 1971. Long served in Congress between 1963 and 1965, and again from 1973 until his death from an attack in Washington. Though he was elected to a term in the House in 1984. Long was born in Winn Parish to Floyd Harrison Long, Sr. and his paternal grandparents were Thomas Jefferson Long and Mary Ella Wright. Among others, he was a cousin of Huey Pierce Long, Jr. Russell B. Long, George Shannon Long, Speedy O. Long, Jimmy D. Long, Donald Long, Dr. Bill Long, Carroll Long, Gerald Long, Earl Kemp Long, Floyd W. Smith, Jr. and Mary Alice Long Rambo, wife of legislator W. L. Later, Floyd and Birdie returned to Winnfield, Long had an older brother, Floyd Harrison Long, Jr. a United States Army colonel and an official with Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He also had a sister, Doris Long Fletcher, Long graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, in 1951, he received his J. D. law degree from LSU and was admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court. Long maintained a law office in Washington, D. C. and was authorized in 1954 to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Long served in the United States Army infantry in World War II. He rose from the rank of private to captain, and was awarded the Purple Heart, after the war, Long was part of the Internal Security Detachment at the Nuremberg trials in Germany. He was legal counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Small Business from 1951-1952 and he was chief counsel to the U. S. House of Representatives Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures from 1952–1954, and again in 1956. In 1962, Long unseated incumbent U. S, McSween had been elected to Congress in 1958 and 1960, after the death of Earl Long, who had defeated him in the 1960 Democratic primary. McSween in turn was chosen by the Democratic State Central Committee to run in the 1960 general election, because he had no Republican opposition, McSween was in effect reelected some two months after he had been denied renomination, a highly unusual occurrence. In 1962, Gillis Long, after he turned aside McSween, faced Republican opposition from John W. Jack Lewis, Long prevailed, with 25,682 to Lewiss 14,448. Lewis won only in La Salle Parish, one of the most frequently Republican of Louisianas parishes, over the years, Long and McSween put aside personal rivalry, and McSween endorsed Long for governor in the 1971 primary
11. Huey Long – A Democrat, he was an outspoken populist who denounced the wealthy and the banks and called for a Share Our Wealth program. As the political leader of the state, he commanded wide networks of supporters and was willing to take forceful action and he established the long-term political prominence of the Long family. Longs Share Our Wealth plan was established in 1934 under the motto Every Man a King and it proposed new wealth redistribution measures in the form of a net asset tax on corporations and individuals to curb the poverty and homelessness endemic nationwide during the Great Depression. To stimulate the economy, Long advocated federal spending on public works, schools and colleges and he was an ardent critic of the policies of the Federal Reserve System. Long was assassinated in 1935, and his national movement soon faded, Long, and his brothers, Earl Kemp Long and George S. Long, as well as several other more distant relatives. He remains a figure in Louisiana history, with critics. Long was born on August 30,1893, near Winnfield, the seat of government of Winn Parish and he was the son of Huey Pierce Long, Sr. and the former Caledonia Palestine Tison. As someone who was born and grew up in Winn Parish, Long was the seventh of nine surviving children in a farm-owning middle-class family. He was home-schooled as a child and later attended local schools. In 1908, upon completing the eleventh grade, Long circulated a petition protesting the addition of a 12th-grade graduation requirement, Long won a debating scholarship to Louisiana State University, but he was unable to afford the textbooks required for attendance. Instead, he spent the five years as a traveling salesman, selling books, canned goods and patent medicines. In 1913, Long married Rose McConnell and she was a stenographer who had won a baking contest which he promoted to sell Cottolene, one of the most popular of the early vegetable shortenings to come on the market. The Longs had a daughter, also named Rose, and two sons, Russell B, Long, subsequently a long-term U. S. senator, and Palmer Reid Long, a Shreveport oilman. Long wrote in his autobiography, If the loyalty of a wife and children could have elevated anyone in public life, Long briefly attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma, and later Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. In 1915 after only a year at Tulane, he convinced a board to let him take the bar exam. He passed and began practice in Winnfield. Later, in Shreveport, he spent ten years representing small plaintiffs against large businesses and he often said proudly that he never took a case against a poor man. Long won fame by taking on the powerful Standard Oil Company, over the course of his career, Long continued to challenge Standard Oils influence in state politics and charged the company with exploiting the states vast oil and gas resources
12. Charlton Lyons – Lyons also made a strong but losing bid for Louisianas 4th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives in a special election held in December 1961. At the time of his death, Lyons was considered Louisianas Mr. Republican, Lyons was born in Abbeville in Vermilion Parish in southwestern Louisiana, to a middle-class couple, Ernest John Lyons and the former Joyce Bentley Havard. He was reared in Melville in St. Landry Parish on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, the community was accessible not by railroad but by steamboat. As a teenager, Lyons worked in a Melville soda fountain, Lyons maternal grandfather and namesake, Charlton Wright Havard, was president of the Bank of Melville and the owner of two or three steamboats and several plantations. In his memoir Songs I Heard My Mother Sing, Charlton H. Lyons and those toys were of every size and description, and all were packed in sawdust. One toy from that barrel would be each childs whole Christmas, papas sense of humor went toward the visual, the kind that lends itself best to live performance. Hed tell me all sorts of stories about his boyhood there in Melville, most of them I thought were hilarious. Heres one about the first horseless carriage to come to town and that Model T got to Melville the way most things did, by steamboat. Papa was at the landing the day it arrived, the crew just left her setting up there on the levee. The man who had bought her couldnt drive her, didnt know how to turn the engine over. And he was the man in town who had ever even seen a motorcar. Lyons first attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge but completed his Bachelor of Arts at Tulane University in New Orleans, in 1916, he earned a degree from the Tulane University School of Law and was admitted to the Louisiana bar. However, he lacked the funds at the time to establish his own legal practice, on August 28,1917, Lyons married his college sweetheart and an aspiring actress, the former Marjorie Gladys Hall, who graduated from Newcomb College, the then-female counterpart to Tulane. In the spring of 1917, Maurice Fromkes painted a portrait of Marjorie Hall displayed at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College in Shreveport, mrs. Lyons was born on March 27,1895, in Eagle Point, Wisconsin. The marriage ended with her death on July 11,1971, from 1916 to 1917, Lyons was a teacher and an assistant principal at Glenmora High School in Glenmora in south Rapides Parish. From 1917 to 1918, Lyons was briefly the principal of Pollock High School in the community of Pollock in southeastern Grant Parish and he then entered the United States Army as a private near the end of World War I. Marjorie Lyons taught at Pollock High School while her husband was away, the Lyonses relocated to Winnfield, center of the Long dynasty, where the legendary Huey Pierce Long, Jr. was rising to prominence. There Lyons practiced law for several years, the couple then relocated in 1921 to Shreveport, where Lyons practiced law for an additional nine years
13. Terry Reeves – Reeves was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, to Jessie W. Reeves and the former Lois D. Dude Robinson. A native of Union Parish in north Louisiana and a brakeman for Missouri Pacific Railroad, Jessie Reeves was killed in an automobile accident while traveling from Monroe to Winnfield. Mrs. Reeves was a native of McCurtain County in southeastern Oklahoma, Reeves graduated in 1964 from Winnfield Senior High School and thereafter Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He served in the United States Air Force and he was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, at the time of his fathers death. Though white, Reeves obtained his legal credentials from the historically black Southern University Law Center in the city of Baton Rouge. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Laurel Heights Baptist Church in Winnfield. He was the father of a son, Jessie Ray Reeves, who lived in Winnfield in 2005 but in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2015. Reeves was elected DA to a term on October 6,1990, by 46 votes over his fellow Democrat, Charles Bradley Bice. In 1996, Reeves again faced Charles Bice and a No Party candidate, Reeves prevailed in a runoff election held on November 5 with 4,020 votes to Bices 3,560. Reeves founded the Winn Parish Drug Task Force and he was a founder and former chairman of the Winn Parish Council on Aging. He was a chairman of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. In 2000, he sentenced violators for hunting after hours and the use of illegal weapons, early in his tenure as DA, Reeves swore out a warrant which charged Gary R. Connor was a personal friend of her father. The charge was dropped by the court because of the lack of specificity in what constitutes malfeasance in this particular case. Connor and his wife, Rachel, then brought a suit against Reeves on the premise that the DA acted maliciously. The suit claimed that Reevess prosecution caused Connor humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish, the Connors in their suit set forth three causes of action against Reeves, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and invasion of privacy. However, the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit rejected the suit on the ground that the DA had absolute immunity in the prosecution of Connor, the court held that the Connors neither allege nor present evidence of any wrongful conduct by Reeves outside of his prosecutorial duties. There is no evidence that he was performing administrative or investigative duties, all of his actions at issue were purely prosecutorial, and thus protected by absolute immunity. In a lawsuit Nugent v. Phelps stemming from the April 2002 election for Winnfield police chief, Reevess political opponents claimed that as DA, Reeves rules Winn Parish through fear and terror
14. Floyd Smith (Louisiana politician) – Floyd William Smith, Jr. was a businessman from Winnfield, Louisiana, who served as the Democratic mayor of Pineville in Rapides Parish from 1966 to 1970. He was a second cousin of former U. S. Representative Speedy O. Long of La Salle Parish in north Louisiana and hence related to various members of the Long family. Smith was born and reared in Winnfield, the seat of Winn Parish, to Floyd W. Smith, Sr. and the former Carmel Long, a daughter of William Morris Long and the former Fannie Boyd. William Morris Long was a brother of Felix Franklin Long. Floyd Smiths maternal uncle, named Huey P. Long, was three years Smiths senior. Long was born on the calendar day that Huey P. Long. Smiths paternal grandfather, W. W. Smith, was a cattleman in Rapides Parish who once operated a slaughterhouse, in 1950, Smith graduated from Winnfield Senior High School in Winnfield, the traditional home of the Long family. He was the president of both his junior and senior classes, one of his classmates, later State Representative Jimmy D. Long of Natchitoches, was another cousin, Smith said that the two once got into a boxing competition. Smith was a paternal Smith and a maternal Long, and Jimmy Long was a paternal Long and a maternal Smith, whose mother was the former Ruby Smith. Ruby Smith Long was a sister of former state representative, the late P. K. Smith of Winnfield. After high school, Smith attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, as it was named, for a semester. In December 1950, Long enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for eight months at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, thereafter, he was employed by the large Central Louisiana Electric Company. From 1962 to 1966, he was chairman of the Pineville Municipal Democratic Executive Committee, Smith ran for alderman at-large in 1970, as Fred Baden, a plumber with whom Smith often quarreled, began the first of seven consecutive terms as mayor. In 1971, Smith left the city council and ran for the Louisiana State Senate against the incumbent Cecil R. Blair of Lecompte in south Rapides Parish, arnold Jack Rosenthal, an Alexandria businessman and attorney, also entered the race. Smith ran sufficiently strong to force Blair into a runoff, Blair still prevailed by some two thousand votes and then ran without Republican opposition in the general election held on February 1,1972. After his Pineville and Alexandria years, Smith lived for a time in Houston, Texas and he returned to Winn Parish where he engaged in the sale of timber and land through his company called TLMS, Inc
15. Anthony Thomas (American football) – Anthony Thomas, nicknamed A-Train, is a former American football running back. Thomas played college football at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 2000 and he broke Michigans career rushing record with a four-year total of 4,472 yards. As a senior, he rushed for 1,733 yards and was selected as a running back on the 2000 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Thomas was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie with the Bears in 2001, Thomas rushed for over 1,100 yards and he played for the Bears from 2001 to 2004, Dallas Cowboys in 2005, New Orleans Saints in 2005, and Buffalo Bills from 2006 to 2007. Thomas was born in Pineville, Louisiana, in 1977 and attended Winnfield Senior High School in Winnfield and he starred on the basketball, track, and football teams. He totaled 7,594 rushing yards and scored 682 points for the Winnfield tigers and he also set a state record with 106 career touchdowns while playing both running back and placekicker. He was named a first-team All-American and rated as the second-best running back in the country by the Prep Football Report, Thomas enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1997. While playing at Michigan, he was given the nickname A-Train by Brent Musburger, as a freshman, he was a member of the undefeated, national champion 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team. That year, he was the Wolverines #2 running back, twice rushed for over 100 yards and he was honored as the 1997 Big Ten Freshman Of the Year by both the conference coaches and media. After his freshman year, Thomas led the Wolverines in rushing for three years with 893 yards in 1998,1,297 yards in 1999, and 1,733 yards in 2000. His 1,733 rushing yards in 2000 remains the second highest single-season total in Michigan history. During the 2000 season, Thomas had nine games in which he rushed for over 100 yards, including 228 yards against Illinois,199 yards against Northwestern and he was selected as a second-team All-Big Ten player in 1999, and as a first-team All-Big Ten player in 2000. He was also selected as both a captain and most valuable player on the 2000 Michigan team. Thomass 4,472 rushing yards broke Jamie Morris Michigan career rushing records and he also broke Tyrone Wheatleys modern Michigan career record with 56 touchdowns. He also set and continues to hold Michigan records with an average of 144.4 rushing yards per game in 2000, in April 2001, Thomas was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. On October 21,2001, Thomas set a Bears rookie record with 188 rushing yards in a 24–0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, with 1,183 rushing yards during the 2001 season, Thomas helped lead the Bears to a 13–3 record and an NFC Central championship. In January 2002, he received the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the 2001 season, Thomas remained the Bears top running back for two more years with 721 rushing yards in 2002 and 1,024 rushing yards in 2003