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Jimmie Davis


In office
May 9, 1944 – May 11, 1948
Lieutenant(s) J. Emile Verret
Preceded by Sam Houston Jones
Succeeded by Earl Long
Lieutenant(s) Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock

In office
May 10, 1960 – May 12, 1964
Preceded by Earl Long
Succeeded by John McKeithen

Born September 11, 1899
Quitman, Louisiana
Died November 5, 2000 (aged 101)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse Alverna Adams
Anna Carter Gordon
Profession Songwriter
Religion Baptist

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Early life

Davis was born to a sharecropping couple in the now ghost town of Beech Springs, near Quitman in Jackson Parish in 1899, to Sarah Elizabeth Works and Samuel Jones Davis.[1] The family was so poor that young Jimmie did not have a bed in which to sleep until he was nine years old. Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains, Greene County, Ga. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Quitman is a village located in Jackson Parish, Louisiana. ... Jackson Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


He graduated from Beech Springs High School and Soule Business College, New Orleans campus. The late Congressman Otto Ernest Passman, a Louisiana Democrat, also graduated from Soule, but from the Bogalusa campus. Davis received his bachelor's degree in history from the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville. He received a master's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Otto Ernest Passman (June 27, 1900 -- August 13, 1988) was a conservative Democratic congressman from Monroe, Louisiana, who served from 1947-1977. ... Bogalusa is a city in Washington Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... The title page to The Historians History of the World. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging... Louisiana College is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville, Louisiana affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, serving a student body of approximately 1,000 students. ... , Pineville is a city in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ...


Musical career

Davis became a commercially successful singer of rural music before he entered politics. His early work was in the style of early country music luminary Jimmie Rodgers, and he was also known for recording raunchy blues tunes like "Red Nightgown Blues." Some of these records included slide guitar accompaniment by black bluesman Oscar Woods.


He is associated with several popular songs, most notably "You Are My Sunshine," which was designated an official state song of Louisiana in 1977. He claimed that he wrote the song while attending graduate school at LSU, but research indicates he bought it from another performer Paul Rice, who had recorded it with his brother Hoke, who recorded together as the Rice Brothers under Paul Rice's name. The practice of buying songs from their composers was a common practice during the 1930s through the 1960s. Some writers in need of cash often sold tunes to others. You Are My Sunshine is a popular song first recorded about 1940. ... Each state in the United States (except New Jersey) has a state song, selected by the state legislature as a symbol of the state. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Rice himself had adapted it from another person's poem. Reportedly, the song was copyrighted under Davis' name and that of longtime sideman Charles Mitchell, after they purchased it from Rice. Davis also purchased the country ballad "It Makes No Difference Now" from its composer Floyd Tillman. Tillman later had his composer credit restored alongside Davis's.


In 1999, "You Are My Sunshine" was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and the Recording Industry Association of America named it one of the Songs of the Century. "You Are My Sunshine" was ranked #73 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003. Until his death, Davis insisted that he wrote the song. In any case, it will forever be associated with him. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... The RIAA Logo. ... The Songs of the Century list is part of an education project by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Davis taught history (and, unofficially, yodeling) for a year at the former Dodd College for Girls in Shreveport during the late 1920s. He was hired by the college president, Monroe Elmon Dodd, who was also the pastor of the large First Baptist Church of Shreveport and a pioneer radio preacher. Shreveport, Louisiana is the third largest metropolitan city in the state of Louisiana, USA. It is located in Caddo Parish, and as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 200,145. ... The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Monroe Elmon Dodd, Sr. ...


Davis became the popular "singing governor" who often performed music during his campaign stops. While governor, he had a No. 1 hit single in 1945 with "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder." A long-time member of the Baptist faith, he also recorded a number of southern gospel albums and in 1967 served as president of the Gospel Music Association. He was a close friend of the North Dakota-born band leader Lawrence Welk who frequently reminded viewers of his television program of his association with Governor Davis. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday and the summer of 1967 was known as The Summer of Peace and Love (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Lawrence Welk during a taping of The Lawrence Welk Show Lawrence Welk (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992) was a musician, accordion player, bandleader, and television impresario. ...


A number of his songs were used as part of motion picture soundtracks, and Davis himself appeared in half a dozen films, one with the popular entertainers Ozzie and Harriet. For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... The Nelson family The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was an American radio and television series. ...


Political career

Davis was elected as the city's Democratic public safety commissioner. (At the time, Shreveport had a commission form of government. In the 1970s, the city switched to the mayor-council format.) Davis was elected in 1942 to the Louisiana Public Service Commission but left the rate-making body, which meets in Baton Rouge, two years later to become governor. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is an independent regulatory agency serving the public of Louisiana by managing its public utilities and motor carriers. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ...


First elected governor in 1944

see Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1944 The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1944 was held in two rounds on January 18 and February 29, 1944. ...


Davis was elected governor as a Democrat in 1944. He defeated Lewis L. Morgan of Covington, the seat of St. Tammany Parish, who had been backed by former Governor Earl Long and New Orleans Mayor Robert Maestri. Davis received 251,228 (53.6 percent) to Morgan's 217,915 (46.5 percent). Eliminated in the primary were a number of candidates, including freshman U.S. Representative James Hobson "Jimmy" Morrison of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. Lewis Lovering Morgan was a Louisiana politician. ... Covington is the name of some places in the United States of America: Covington, Georgia Covington, Indiana Covington, Kentucky Covington, Louisiana Covington, Michigan Covington, New York Covington, Ohio Covington, Tennessee Covington, Virginia Covington, Washington Covington County, Alabama Covington Township, Pennsylvania There is also Fort Covington, New York. ... St. ... Image:Maestri. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... James Hobson Jimmy Morrison, Sr. ... Hammond is the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. ... Tangipahoa Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


Davis pleased conservatives with his appointment of Cecil Morgan to the Louisiana Civil Service Commission. Morgan, as a Caddo Parish legislator, had led the impeachment forces against Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr., in 1929 and later took a high position with Standard Oil Company. Cecil Morgan, Sr. ... The Byzantine civil service in action. ... Caddo Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Depiction of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, then President of the United States, in 1868. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Huey Pierce Long, Jr. ... Standard Oil was an oil refining organization founded by John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) and partners beginning in 1863. ...


Long was seeking the lieutenant governorship on the Morgan "ticket" and led in the first primary, but he lost the runoff to J. Emile Verret of New Iberia, who was the president of the Iberia Parish School Board. J. Emile Verret (1886 - February 9, 1965) was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1944-1948, having served under James Houston Jimmie Davis in the first of Davis two nonconsecutive terms in the states highest constitutional office. ... The city of New Iberia (French: La Nouvelle-Ibérie) is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, in the US state of Louisiana, 125 miles (201 km) west of New Orleans. ... Iberia Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... This article or section should be merged with board of education A school board (or school committee) is an elected council that helps determine educational policy in a small regional area, such as a city, state, or province. ...


Democrats in Louisiana often formed non-binding "tickets" for governor and lieutenant governor and sometimes lower constitutional offices as well. But voters could "split tickets" by voting, for example, for a Long candidate for governor and an anti-Long candidate for lieutenant governor or vice versa. Louisiana's Constitution, until amended in 1966, allowed governors to serve for only one consecutive term. Therefore Davis stepped down in 1948 at the completion of his term of office. Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Second term (1960-1964)

see also Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1959-60 The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1959-60 was held in two rounds on December 5, 1959 and January 9, 1960. ...


In 1959-1960, Davis, with a pledge to fight for segregation in public education, sought a second term as governor. He won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination over a crowded field that included staunchly segregationist State Senator William Monroe Rainach of Claiborne Parish, former Lieutenant Governor William J. "Bill" Dodd of Baton Rouge, former Governor James Albert Noe, Sr., of Monroe, and New Orleans Mayor deLesseps Story Morrison, Sr. Davis ran second to "Chep" Morrison, considered a liberal by Louisiana standards, in the primary and then defeated him in the party runoff held in January 1960. Davis polled 213,551 (25.3 percent) to Morrison's 278,956 (33.1 percent). Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A governor is an official who heads the government of a colony, state or other sub-national state unit. ... Racial segregation is a kind of formalized or institutionalized discrimination on the basis of race, characterized by the races separation from each other. ... William M. Willie Rainach (July 13, 1913 -- January 1978) was a state legislator from the town of Summerfield in Claiborne Parish who led Louisianas Massive Resistance to desegregation during the late 1950s. ... Claiborne Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... William Joseph Bill Dodd held a half dozen important positions in Louisiana government in the mid-twentieth century, including the office of lieutenant governor, but he never achieved his ultimate goal, the states powerful Napoleonic-style governorship. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... James A. Noe, Sr. ... The city of Monroe is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... de Lesseps Story Morrison (1912 January 18–1964 May 22) was a U.S. political figure. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rainach ran third with 143,095 (17 percent). Noe was fourth with 97,654 (11.6 percent), and Dodd followed with 85,436 (10.1 percent). Davis won the northern and central parts of the state plus Baton Rouge, while Morrison dominated the southern portion of the state, particularly the French cultural parishes. In the runoff, Davis prevailed, 487,681 (54.1 percent) to Morrison's 414,110 (45.5 percent). It was estimated that Davis drew virtually all of the Rainach support from the first primary.


Long endorsed Davis in the runoff against Morrison because the had a personal distaste for the New Orleans mayor. Long, meanwhile, had run unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in the first primary. There was a second primary between Morrison's choice for the job, Alexandria Mayor W. George Bowdon, Jr., and Davis's selection, former state House Speaker Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock of Franklin in St. Mary Parish. Aycock defeated Bowdon by a margin similar to that of Davis over Morrison. The defeat was Long's second for lieutenant governor. He had lost also in the 1944 primary to J. Emile Verret of Iberia Parish. A Lieutenant Governor is a government official who is the subordinate or deputy of a Governor or Governor-General. ... William George Bowdon, Jr. ... Franklin is a small city located in St. ... St. ... J. Emile Verret (1886 - February 9, 1965) was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1944-1948, having served under James Houston Jimmie Davis in the first of Davis two nonconsecutive terms in the states highest constitutional office. ... Iberia Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


In the 1959 campaign, Dodd attacked Davis ferociously: it was part of Dodd's strategy to get Davis to withdraw from the primary. "Nothing personal in his [Dodd's] heart, just a cold-blooded plan to wind up in a second primary against Morrison, who he figured could not win against anyone [else] in a runoff," said Davis in the introduction to Dodd's memoirs, Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics. Dodd then endorsed Morrison in the runoff, but he had a long-term reason for doing so. Dodd planned to run for school superintendent in the 1963 primary, and he wanted to have at least the neutrality of Morrison.


Dodd and Davis later became close friends. In Davis' words:


"Bill and I have many things in common. We share the same type of religion and boyhood background; we got our start as schoolteachers and figured prominently in public education; we both served in public life at or near the top. And I like to feel that we share a common appreciation and respect for people, all people. One of the greatest rewards in politics is meeting people. And one of the greatest and most unusual men I've ever met is Bill Dodd."


On April 19, 1960, Davis defeated Republican Francis Grevemberg, a Lafayette native, by a margin of nearly 82-17 percent. Grevemberg had been head of the state police under Governor Robert F. Kennon and had fought organized crime. He called for the origin of a two-party system for Louisiana. As the Democratic nominee, Davis had no worries and did little campaigning for the general election. The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Colonel Francis Carroll Grevemberg (born 1914) was the superintendent of the Louisiana state police from 1952-1955, who is best remembered for his fight against organized crime. ... Lafayette, LaFayette, or La Fayette may refer to: // Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (Marquis de Lafayette), French general and revolutionary (sometimes referred to as the Marquis de la Fayette) Marie-Madeleine Pioche de la Vergne, comtesse de la Fayette (Madame de Lafayette), French author Elliston-Lafayette, Virginia La... Robert Floyd Kennon (August 12, 1902 - January 11, 1988) was the Democratic governor of the state of Louisiana, United States between 1952-1956. ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ...


Fourth place in 1971

Main Article: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1971-72 The Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1971-1972 was held in three rounds. ...


In 1971, Davis entered another crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field, but he finished in an unimpressive fourth place with 138,756 ballots (only 11.8 percent) since time had passed him by. A governor is an official who heads the government of a colony, state or other sub-national state unit. ...


In a runoff election held in December 1971, Congressman Edwin Washington Edwards of Crowley in Acadia Parish defeated then state Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., of Shreveport for the party nomination. That vote was very close: Edwards, 584,262 (50.2 percent) to Johnston's 579,774 (49.8 percent). Edwards then beat Republican David C. Treen in the March 1972 general election. Davis's days as a politician were clearly behind him at that point. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Edwin Washington Edwards (born 7 August 1927) is a United States politician who served as governor of Louisiana for four terms (1972 - 1980, 1984 - 1988, and 1992 - 1996), more terms than any other Louisiana governor. ... There are two types of Crowleys: English Crowleys and Irish Crowleys. ... Acadia Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... John Bennett Johnston, Jr. ... Shreveport, Louisiana is the third largest metropolitan city in the state of Louisiana, USA. It is located in Caddo Parish, and as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 200,145. ... David C. Treen David Conner Treen, Sr. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ...


Toward the end of his life, longtime Democrat Davis endorsed at least two Republican candidates: state Representative Louis E. "Woody" Jenkins of Baton Rouge for the U.S. Senate against Democrat Mary Landrieu in 1996 and the reelection of Governor Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Jr., who faced little opposition in 1999 from black Democratic Congressman William "Bill" Jefferson of New Orleans. Jefferson, a former assistant to former U.S. Senator Johnston was engulfed in personal financial scandal in 2006. Louis Elwood Woody Jenkins (born January 3, 1947) is a former broadcasting executive in Baton Rouge who was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972-2000. ... Mary Loretta Landrieu (born November 23, 1955) is the senior Democratic United States Senator for the state of Louisiana. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Murphy J. Mike Foster, Jr. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... William Jefferson William Jennings Jefferson (born March 14, 1947), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the 2nd District of Louisiana, which includes much of the Greater New Orleans area (map) On July 30, 2005, he was caught on video... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Political legacy

He established a State Retirement System and funding of more than $100 million in public improvements while leaving the state with a $38 million surplus after his first term [1].


During his second term, Davis built the Sunshine Bridge, the new Governor's Mansion and the Toledo Bend Reservoir - all criticized at the time, but later recognized as beneficial to the state. Davis coordinated the pay periods of state employees, who had sometimes received their checks a week late, a particular hardship to those with low incomes.


During his time as governor, Jimmie Davis attempted to enforce policies of racial segregation, but federal law slowly brought about desegregation. Davis apologized for his actions later in life. One time during his tenure, he rode his horse up the steps of the state Capitol to protest integration. The Rex Theatre for Colored People Racial segregation is characterized by separation of different races in daily life, such as eating in a restaurant, drinking from a water fountain, using a rest room, attending school, going to the movies, or in the rental or purchase of a home[1]. Segregation... Desegregation is the process of ending racial segregation, most commonly used in reference to the United States. ...


Honors

Jimmie Davis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1993, Davis was among the first inductees of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This official history of the Country Music Hall of Fame skirts the scandals well-documented by veteran Music Row historian Stacy Harris. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The small city of Winnfield is the parish seat of Winn Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


Personal life

Davis' first wife, the former Alverna Adams, from a prominent Shreveport family, was first lady while he was governor. She died in 1967. He thereafter married Anna Carter Gordon, who had been a member of the Chuck Wagon Gang of gospel singers. She survived Davis. Shreveport, Louisiana is the third largest metropolitan city in the state of Louisiana, USA. It is located in Caddo Parish, and as of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 200,145. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday and the summer of 1967 was known as The Summer of Peace and Love (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


He died at the probable age of 101 and is buried in the Davis Family Cemetery in Quitman in Jackson Parish. No other former U.S. governor has ever lived longer. Quitman is a village located in Jackson Parish, Louisiana. ... Jackson Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ...


External Links

  • Louisiana Secretary of State's official biography
  • Cemetery Memorial by La-Cemeteries]

See also

Preceded by
Sam Houston Jones (D)
Governor of Louisiana

James Houston Davis (D)
19441948
This is a list of Governors of [[Louisiana== First French Era == Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 1701-1713 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 1716-1717 Jean-Michel de Lepinay 1717-1718 Jean... Sam Houston Jones was the governor of Louisiana from 1940 to 1944. ... This is a list of Governors of [[Louisiana== First French Era == Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 1701-1713 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 1716-1717 Jean-Michel de Lepinay 1717-1718 Jean... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Succeeded by
Earl Kemp Long (D)
Preceded by
Earl Kemp Long (D)
Governor of Louisiana

James Houston Davis (D)
19601964
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John Julian McKeithen (D)

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References

  • http://elvispelvis.com/jimmiedavis.htm
  • Billy Hathorn, "The Republican Party in Louisiana, 1920-1980," Northwestern State University Master's thesis (1980)
  • Toru Mitsui (1998). "Jimmie Davis." In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 136.

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