Edmund Reggie

Born Jul 19, 1926

Edmund M. Reggie, Sr., is a Democratic politician and former city judge from Louisiana. Reggie is originally from the rice-growing city of Crowley, the seat of Acadia Parish, but resides in Lafayette. He still claims that he maintains the record of being the youngest person to serve as a judge in American history. He is one of the most influential and powerful Democrats to have come from the state of Louisiana.… Read More

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    NYTimes - Mar 15, 2009
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    NYTimes - May 20, 2008
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1926 Birth Born on July 19, 1926.


1946 19 Years Old Reggie was of Lebanese descent. In 1946, he received a bachelor's degree from the Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette, since the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


1949 22 Years Old In 1949, he procured his law degree from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. … Read More
1950 23 Years Old Reggie served as acting judge for the ailing Crowley City Judge Denis T. Canan, who was also Reggie's law partner. When Canan died in 1950, Reggie was appointed by Governor Earl Kemp Long to Canan's seat, a fulfillment of Canan's dying wish. … Read More


1959 32 Years Old In 1959, he invited Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, to attend the International Rice Festival in Crowley as honored guests. … Read More
1960 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1960 presidential election, Reggie was a leader in John F. Kennedy's Louisiana campaign.
1961 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his inauguration, President Kennedy sent Reggie on a 1961 State Department cultural exchange to the Middle East where in Lebanon he was given a hero's welcome in his parents' hometown of Ihden.
1963 36 Years Old In 1963, Reggie introduced the young political consultant Gus Weill of Lafayette to Louisiana Public Service Commissioner John McKeithen, who retained Weill to manage his gubernatorial campaign. … Read More


In 1968, Judge Reggie spearheaded the Robert F. Kennedy presidential primary campaign in Louisiana.
1971 44 Years Old In the 1971 Democratic gubernatorial primary to choose a successor to John McKeithen, Reggie supported not his Crowley friend, Edwin Edwards, but former Governor Jimmie Davis, one of the more conservative candidates in the crowded field. … Read More


1992 - 1993 2 More Events
2004 78 Years Old In 2004, Reggie was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. … Read More
2008 82 Years Old In May 2008, the Louisiana Department of Culture and Tourism declared the location where JFK delivered his 1959 International Rice Festival speech in Crowley an area of historical significance and erected an historical marker.
2013 87 Years Old On the morning of November 19, 2013, Edmund Reggie died at the age of eighty-seven at his Lafayette home surrounded by his wife and family. … Read More
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