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. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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