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Encyclopedia > Taylor W. O'Hearn

Taylor Walters O'Hearn (July 6, 1907-- April 2, 1997) was a pioneer in the rebirth of the Republican Party in Louisiana during the mid-twentieth century. He and Morley A. Hudson, both of Shreveport in Caddo Parish, were the first two Republicans elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives since Reconstruction. They served single terms from 1964-1968. July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city Baton Rouge [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... Morley Alvin Hudson (March 31, 1917--June 15, 2001) was a Shreveport businessman, engineer, civic leader, and a pioneer of the modern Republican Party in Louisiana. ... 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. ... Caddo Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... The Louisiana State Legislature is the legislative branch of the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... // Reconstruction was the process in US history that resolved the issues of the American Civil War when both the Confederacy and slavery in the United States were destroyed. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ...


O'Hearn was born in Shreveport to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest O'Hearn. Ernest O'Hearn, who was probably born in New Orleans, had been orphaned as a child when both of his parents died of yellow fever. Taylor O'Hearn was a self-employed CPA and attorney in Shreveport. He was a U.S. Navy veteran with service during World War II. He was a former commander of the American Legion Post 14 in Shreveport. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000,000 Total... The American Legion is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces who served in wartime. ...


Like most Louisiana Republicans of his era, Taylor O'Hearn started political life as a Democrat. In 1959, he supported the segregationist gubernatorial candidate William M. Rainach of Claiborne Parish in the Democratic primary. Rainach finished a weak third, and the governorship went to Jimmie Davis, a former Shreveporter who had also served as governor from 1944-1948. The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Racial segregation is a kind of formalized or institutionalized discrimination on the basis of race, characterized by the races separation from each other. ... A governor is an official who heads the government of a colony, state or other sub-national state unit. ... 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. ... Jimmie Davis James Houston Davis, better known as Jimmie Davis, (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) was a noted singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as a Democratic governor of Louisiana in the mid-twentieth century. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ...

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Challenging Russell B. Long, 1962

Having grown disenchanted with the national Democratic administration of President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, O'Hearn switched parties to run for the U.S. Senate in 1962. He challenged incumbent Democrat Russell B. Long, who as the oldest son of the legendary Huey Pierce Long, Jr., was already himself a near political icon in Louisiana. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th president of the United States. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 - January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... Russell Billiu Long Russell Billiu Long (November 3, 1918 – May 9, 2003) was an American politician who served in the United States Senate as a Democrat from Louisiana from 1948 until 1987. ... Huey Pierce Long, Jr . ...


O'Hearn charged that Long was practicing "the same old pork barrel. He's promising everybody everything with their own money." O'Hearn further claimed that Long was attempting to take credit for all political progress in the state. Long replied that he was "not ashamed I've fought to get things for Louisiana. I'm not ashamed to go to the White House to talk to the president to get things done for my state and its people." Critical of the Kennedy Cuban policies, O'Hearn called the failed Bay of Pigs operation a "desertion of Cuban patriots." Long denied O'Hearn's contention that he was automatically in lockstep with Kennedy policies. Long voiced opposition for instance, to Kennedy's intervention in the desegregation of the University of Mississippi at Oxford that fall, which had led to a violent confrontation. Map showing the location of the Bay of Pigs. ... Desegregation is the process of ending racial segregation, most commonly used in reference to the United States. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Oxford is a city in Lafayette County, Mississippi, United States. ...


Long turned aside a challenge from the "right" in his own party in the summer of 1962. He then defeated O'Hearn, with 318,838 votes (75.6 percent) to 103,066 (24.4 percent). O'Hearn carried seven north Louisiana parishes, where conservatism was running strongly at the time. He fared best in his own Caddo Parish, where he polled 64.7 percent. He also received 58.7 percent in Madison Parish (Tallulah) in northeast Louisiana. O'Hearn carried Webster (Minden), Morehouse (Bastrop), Bossier (Bossier City and Benton), Claiborne (Homer), and La Salle (Jena) parishes. Madison and Claiborne parishes became staunchly Democratic after the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 added large numbers of blacks to their voter rolls. In ten other parishes, all in north Louisiana, O'Hearn drew more than 40 percent of the vote. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Madison Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Tallulah is a Choctaw name(a first nations group fron south eastern north america). ... Webster Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... The small city of Minden is the parish seat of Webster Parish, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Morehouse Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... There is also a Bastrop, Texas The city of Bastrop is the parish seat of Morehouse Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Bossier Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... Bossier City is a city located in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. ... The town of Benton is the parish seat of Bossier Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Claiborne Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... La Salle Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... The town of Jena is the parish seat of La Salle Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... The National Voting Rights Act of 1965 ()[1] outlawed the requirement that would-be voters in the United States take literacy tests to qualify to register to vote, and it provided for federal registration of voters in areas that had less than 50% of eligible minority voters registered. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Look up black in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city Baton Rouge [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W...


Election to the Louisiana legislature

In 1964, O'Hearn ran for one of five then at-large seats in the Louisiana legislature from Caddo Parish. The seats were made single-member after the 1970 census. Morley A. Hudson and O'Hearn both won, finishing ahead of three Democrats, who won the other positions. One of those Democratic victors was future U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. Hudson and O'Hearn were the only Republicans in the state to win legislative seats that year, when fellow Shreveporter Charlton Lyons waged an active Republican gubernatorial campaign. Hudson in jest declared himself "minority leader" of the Louisiana House in that he led the vote totals in Caddo Parish. O'Hearn joked that he must be the "minority whip" in that he had the second-highest Republican tally. In the 1964 session of the Louisiana House, their page was a 17-year-old high school student named Woody Jenkins. In 1972, Jenkins won election as one of the youngest legislators in state history and in 1996 was the Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... John Bennett Johnston, Jr. ... Charlton Havard Lyons, Sr. ...


O'Hearn's priority as a legislator was to promote the construction of a north-south interstate highway link in Louisiana, later the popular I-49. Billy J. Guin of Shreveport, one of the Republican candidates who was defeated in Caddo Parish at the time that O'Hearn was elected to the legislature, recalled that it was O'Hearn who first proposed the highway. Later, state Senator Johnston carried forward with the idea, proposing at first tolls to get the project going. Interstate 49 is an intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana, United States. ... Billy James Guin, Sr. ...


In 1966, O'Hearn lost an attempt to win a newly-created judgeship in Caddo Parish. In the general election held on February 6, 1968, Democrat James A. "Dee" Alexander defeated O'Hearn by a 64-36 percent margin. After Republicans scored gains in Caddo Parish in 1964, the Democrats took steps to drive them from local office. The vehicle used was the Caddo Democratic Association, which supplied campaign funds for any local Democratic nominee facing GOP opposition in a general election. The association had total success in its mission for five years -- from 1966 until 1971. Jenkins said he remembers O'Hearn and Hudson as men of high principles and solid role models for future generations of conservative legislators in Louisiana. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Caddo Parish is a parish located in the state of Louisiana. ... A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ...


Defeat in 1968

After his failure to win the judgeship, O'Hearn served the year and a half left in his legislative term. He ran unsuccessfully for reelection in 1968. O'Hearn polled 15,150 votes to lead the Republican ticket in the at-large state House races in Caddo Parish, but he was 5,475 votes below the lowest-ranking Democratic candidate. Two other unsuccessful Republican state House candidates from Caddo Parish in 1968, Benjamin Franklin O'Neal, Jr. (1922-2004) and Arthur W. "Art" Sour, Jr. (1924-2000), would return to reverse their defeats and win House seats from single-member districts in 1972. Morley Hudson, who did not seek reelection in 1968, issued a statement on behalf of all the losing Republican candidates: "We did not lose; we taught thousands of our voters that they could vote for two-party government." In Baton Rouge, another Republican legislator, Edward Clark Gaudin, also was defeated, but he too rebounded to victory in 1972. 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Benjamin Franklin Ben ONeal, Jr. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arthur W. Art Sour, Jr. ... Year 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Edward Clark Gaudin (born December 26, 1931) is a Baton Rouge attorney who served for 21 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1967-1968; 1972-1992) as the first Republican member from East Baton Rouge Parish in the twentieth century. ...


O'Hearn charged that election laws had been violated at three black precincts, maintaining that Democrats passed out campaign literature at the door of one polling place and were less than the required 200 feet minimum from the two other precincts. O'Hearn said that he contacted the Caddo Parish sheriff, James Goslin, and the Shreveport public safety commissioner, George W. D'Artois, both Democrats. Each told him that the matter was out of his jurisdiction. O'Hearn never again sought public office.


O'Hearn's obituary

A balded, bespectacled man with black-rimmed eyeglasses and a stern facial expression, he bore a striking resemblance to the popular comic character actor Richard Deacon (1921-1984), who starred as "Fred Rutherford" on Leave It to Beaver and as "Mel Cooley" on the original The Dick Van Dyke Show. Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 - August 8, 1984), born in Philadelphia, was a television and motion picture actor. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the television series. ... The Dick Van Dyke Show was an American television situation comedy which aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to September 7, 1966. ...


O'Hearn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport. He was an avid fisherman, musician, and photographer. Baptist is a term describing a tradition within Christianity and may also refer to individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. ...


O'Hearn died in Granbury, Texas, in Hood County, southwest of Fort Worth, in 1997 at the age of 89. Granbury is a city in Hood County, Texas, in the United States. ... Hood County is a county located in the state of Texas. ... Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Survivors included his wife of 52 years, Gladys B. O'Hearn (June 20, 1910 -- September 6, 2001); one son, Patrick T. O'Hearn (born 1930) of Palm Springs, California; one daughter, Jerry O'Hearn Meier and husband Kenneth Fredrick Meier (both born 1932) of Granbury; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Gladys O'Hearn, a Shreveport native and a graduate of Northwestern State University (then College) in Natchitoches, was the executive secretary for many years of the Arkansas-Louisiana Citgo Co. Mrs. O'Hearn was also preceded in death by Paul A. Kennon, her son from a previous marriage. June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California, desert resort city, approximately 110 miles east of Los Angeles. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... The seal of Northwestern State University. ... The city of Natchitoches (pronounced ) is the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


Taylor and Gladys O'Hearn are interred in Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport.


References

Billy Hathorn, "The Republican Party in Louisiana, 1920-1980," Master's thesis (1980) at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches


Alexandria Daily Town Talk, November 2, 3, 6, 7, 1962


Shreveport Journal, March 4, 1964, February 7, 1968


www.landusa.biz/ohearn/inquiry.htm


http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/ohare-oke.html


http://ssdi.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi


Gladys O'Hearn obituary, Shreveport Times, September 7, 2001


Taylor O'Hearn obituary, Shreveport Times, April 3, 1997


 
 

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