Edmund Reggie
American politician
Edmund Reggie
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.
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Kennedy's Closest Confidante, in Politics and Life
NYTimes - over 7 years
It was 1991, the worst year of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's life since Chappaquiddick, 22 years earlier. With scandal unfolding that spring in Palm Beach, Fla., involving his nephew, the senator was humiliated by tabloid photos that showed him in a nightshirt after their boys' night out, an aging, dissolute playboy. In the Senate, he was engaged in
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TBR; TBR: Inside the List
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Corrections Appended TED'S WAY: ''Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy,'' by a team at The Boston Globe and edited by Peter S. Canellos, enters the hardcover nonfiction list this week at No. 7. In 400 brisk but detail-rich pages, the book revisits the old scandals of Chappaquiddick and Palm Beach and sketches a poignant portrait of the
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More Hospital Tests for Kennedy
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Senator Edward M. Kennedy underwent further tests Monday that doctors hoped would reveal the cause of seizures he had Saturday morning. Mr. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, was up and walking around Monday and was to remain in the hospital at least through Tuesday, said Stephanie Cutter, his spokeswoman. Ms. Cutter added that he would rest at
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Louisiana Scholarships Have Political Pedigree
NYTimes - over 21 years
The woman who became Senator Edward M. Kennedy's second wife and her five siblings were among the biggest beneficiaries of a legislative scholarship program that was the center of a scandal two years ago, a newspaper here reported on Sunday. Victoria Reggie, who married Mr. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat, in 1992, attended Tulane University's
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THE 1994 CAMPAIGN; Kennedy's Wife Is Giving Him a Political Advantage in a Difficult Contest
NYTimes - over 22 years
An exuberant Edward M. Kennedy was on the campaign trail, telling the crowd about the new woman at his side. "I want you to meet the love of my life -- Victoria Reggie Kennedy!" bellowed the 62-year-old senior Senator from Massachusetts, whose penchant for partying in the decade between his divorce from Joan Bennett Kennedy and his re-marriage two
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AT HOME WITH: Ted and Vicki Kennedy; Crossed Paths, A Second Chance
NYTimes - over 24 years
ALL of the cooks went to see for themselves. There was Rose Kennedy's longtime cook, Ethel Kennedy's cook from next door in the Kennedys' ocean-front compound and Eunice Kennedy Shriver's cook from just down the street. Rumor had it that Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the newest member of the family, who married Senator Edward M. Kennedy in July, was in
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Baptist Leader, a Tyson Ally, Is Indicted on Charge of Lying
NYTimes - over 24 years
The leader of the nation's largest black religious denomination has been indicted on perjury charges for denying that he offered $1 million to a beauty contestant to recant her rape accusation against the former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The defendant is the Rev. T. J. Jemison of Baton Rouge, president of the eight-million-member
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edmund Reggie
  • 2013
    Age 86
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Services were held on November 22, the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley. Interment followed in Woodlawn Mausoleum in Crowley.
  • 2008
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 77
    In 2004, Reggie was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield.
    More Details Hide Details Son-in-law Edward Kennedy paid a surprise visit to the event.
  • 1993
    Age 66
    In 1993, Reggie was convicted of misapplication of funds (a felony) and was sentenced to 120 days of home confinement and a $30,000 fine.
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  • 1992
    Age 65
    In 1992, his daughter, Vicki, married U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details Reggie’s close relationship with son-in-law Ted Kennedy was evidenced occasionally in the press.
  • 1971
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the time Reggie erroneously considered Edwards unelectable. The decision hampered their relationship, and the two did not speak for three years."
  • 1968
    Age 41
    As history unfolded, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968, four months prior to his planned appearance at the rice festival.
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    Reggie invited Kennedy to speak at the 1968 International Rice Festival in October of that year, just as Kennedy's brother, John, had done nine years earlier.
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    In 1968, Judge Reggie spearheaded the Robert F. Kennedy presidential primary campaign in Louisiana.
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  • 1963
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Weill previously managed the Davis campaign and later wrote a biography of his mentor entitled Your Are My Sunshine.
  • 1961
    Age 34
    Reggie continued to serve the president as liaison with then Louisiana Governor Jimmie Davis from 1961 until Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
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    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 33
    The Kennedys were greeted by enthusiastic crowds — the largest JFK addressed prior to his Democratic presidential nomination in July 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Working with Reggie in the campaign was the former Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Sidney McCrory of Ascension Parish. Reggie was nominated as presidential elector in Louisiana for the Democratic ticket of John F. Kennedy-Lyndon B. Johnson and cast his vote when Kennedy handily prevailed in the statewide popular vote. Other national Democratic electors that year were Louisiana Attorney General Jack P.F. Gremillion, former U.S. Senator William C. Feazel, former State Senator Frank Burton Ellis of Covington, and Leon Gary of Houma, later director of the Louisiana Department of Public Works.
    In the 1960 presidential election, Reggie was a leader in John F. Kennedy's Louisiana campaign.
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  • 1959
    Age 32
    In 1959, he invited Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, to attend the International Rice Festival in Crowley as honored guests.
    More Details Hide Details This afforded Kennedy the opportunity to address a crowd of 130,000 people.
  • 1950
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Appointed at the age of twenty-four, Reggie was reputed to be America's youngest judge at that time. Reggie held the post for twenty-five years until 1976. At the 1956 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, with the Louisiana and Massachusetts state delegations sitting across the aisle from each other, Reggie brokered the delegation's support for U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy for Vice President (on a ticket with Adlai Ewing Stevenson, II), rather than Senator Estes Kefauver, who was preferred by Louisiana Governor Earl Long.
  • 1949
    Age 22
    In 1949, he procured his law degree from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.
    More Details Hide Details Reggie was married to the former Doris Ann Boustany (born July 18, 1930), the daughter of businessman Frem F. Boustany, Sr. (1903–1993), and the former Beatrice Joseph (1912–1988). Doris was born in Lafayette and graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Beatrice Boustany was a cousin of Amin Gemayel, a former president of Lebanon. Frem F. Boustany, Jr., a brother-in-law of Edmund Reggie, was a physician who died two months before the passing of his mother, Beatrice. Doris Reggie is a second cousin of U.S. Representative Charles Boustany of Lafayette, a Republican, who represents Louisiana's 3rd congressional district. Charles Boustany is a nephew-by-marriage of former Governor Edwin Washington Edwards, a Reggie confidant who also began his long political career in Crowley though Edwards was a native of Avoyelles Parish.
  • 1946
    Age 19
    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.
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  • 1926
    Born on July 19, 1926.
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