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Gillis William Long

(husband of Catherine Long, cousin of Huey Pierce Long, Rose McConnell Long, Russell Billiu Long, George Shannon Long, and Speedy Oteria Long), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Winnfield, Winn Parish, La., May 4, 1923; attended the public schools of Winnfield and Alexandria, La.; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, B.A., 1949 and from the law school of the same university, J.D., 1951; was admitted to practice before the State supreme court in 1951 and before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954; during the Second World War served in the Infantry as a private and rose through the ranks to captain; awarded the Purple Heart; was with the Internal Security Detachment at the Nuremberg war trials; served as legal counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Small Business, 1951-1952; chief counsel to the House of Representatives Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures, 1952-1954, and 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth Congress (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Louisiana in 1963; assistant director, Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965-1966; resumed the practice of law 1970-1972; president, board of commissioners, Louisiana Deep Draft Harbor and Terminal Authority, 1972; investment banker; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 20, 1985); died on January 20, 1985, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides Parish, La. Gillis William Long was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana.[1]

Gillis William Long
Gillis William Long.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 20, 1985
Preceded bySpeedy O. Long
Succeeded byCatherine Small Long
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byHarold B. McSween
Succeeded bySpeedy O. Long
Personal details
Born(1923-05-04)May 4, 1923
Winnfield, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 20, 1985(1985-01-20) (aged 61)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Cause of deathHeart failure
Resting placeAlexandria National Cemetery in Pineville, Louisiana
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Catherine Small Long (born 1924)
EducationLouisiana State University (BA, JD)
Investment banker
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of serviceWorld War II

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External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Gillis William Long (id: L000417)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William J. "Bill" Dodd, Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics, Baton Rouge: Claitor's Publishing, 1991
  • Ronald Reagan, Second Inaugural Address -
  • Jimmy Long interview -
  • Joe Ticheli interview -
  • Political Graveyard
  • Robert d'Hemecourt and Cecil Warren interview -
  • Old L&A Depot, LA Political Museum Winnfield web site
  • Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center Summer Internship Program, 2002 - Loyola University New Orleans (PDF)
  • Gillis W. Long Center
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harold B. McSween
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Speedy O. Long
Preceded by
Speedy O. Long
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Catherine Small Long