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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1926 Birth Born in 1926.


1946 20 Years Old Reggie was born in Crowley of Lebanese immigrant parents. He received a bachelor's degree from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1946 and a law degree from the Tulane University Law School in 1949. … Read More


1956 30 Years Old At the 1956 Democratic National Convention, with the Louisiana and Massachusetts state delegations sitting across the aisle from each other, he brokered the delegation's support for Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy for Vice President (on a ticket with Adlai Stevenson), rather than Senator Estes Kefauver (who was preferred by Louisiana Governor Earl Long)
1960 34 Years Old For the 1960 US Presidential Election, Reggie was a leader in John F. Kennedy's Louisiana campaign, starting with his 1959 invitation of Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to attend the International Rice Festival in Crowley as honored guests, affording Kennedy the opportunity to address a crowd of 130,000 people. where they were greeted by enthusiastic crowds—the largest JFK addressed prior to his Democratic presidential nomination in July 1960. … Read More
1961 35 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 37 Years Old In 1963, Reggie introduced the young political consultant Gus Weill of Lafayette to Louisiana Public Service Commissioner John J. McKeithen, who retained Weill to manage his gubernatorial campaign. … Read More


1968 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Judge Reggie spearheaded the Robert F. Kennedy presidential primary campaign in Louisiana. … Read More
1971 45 Years Old In the 1971 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Reggie supported not his Crowley friend, Edwin Washington Edwards, but former Governor Jimmie Davis, one of the more conservative candidates in the crowded field. … Read More


1992 66 Years Old In 1992, his daughter, Victoria, married U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. … Read More
2004 78 Years Old In 2004, Reggie was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, Louisiana.
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 as an area of historical significance, and erected a historical marker.
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