Hale Boggs

Born Feb 15, 1914

Thomas Hale Boggs Sr., was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the House majority leader. In 1972, while he was still Majority Leader, the twin engine airplane in which Boggs was traveling disappeared over a remote section of Alaska. The airplane presumably crashed and was never found.… Read More

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1914 Birth Born in 1914.


1934 20 Years Old Born in Long Beach in Harrison County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Boggs was educated at Tulane University where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1934 and a law degree in 1937.
1935 21 Years Old He first practiced law in New Orleans but soon became a leader in the movement to break the power of the political machine of U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr., who was assassinated in 1935. … Read More
1941 27 Years Old A Democrat, Boggs was elected to the U.S. House for the Second District and served from 1941 to 1943. … Read More
1942 28 Years Old After an unsuccessful re-election bid in 1942, Boggs joined the United States Navy as an ensign. … Read More


1946 32 Years Old After the war, Boggs began his political comeback. He was again elected to Congress in 1946 and was then re-elected thirteen times, once just after he disappeared, but before he was presumed dead.
1951 37 Years Old In 1951, Boggs launched an ill-fated campaign for governor of Louisiana. … Read More
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Boggs finished third in the balloting for governor early in 1952. … Read More


1960 46 Years Old In 1960, the Republican Elliot Ross Buckley, a cousin of William F. Buckley Jr., challenged Boggs but got only 22,818 votes (22 percent) to the incumbent's 81,034 ballots (78 percent). … Read More
1962 48 Years Old In 1962, 1964, and 1968, David C. Treen, a Metairie lawyer who became the first Louisiana Republican governor in 1980, challenged Boggs for reelection. … Read More
1963 49 Years Old Boggs was a member of the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy from 1963 to 1964.


1964 50 Years Old During his tenure in Congress, Boggs was an influential player in the government. After Brown v. Board of Education, he signed the Southern Manifesto condemning desegregation in the 1950s and opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1965 51 Years Old Unlike most other Southern Representatives, however, he supported the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Open Housing Act of 1968. … Read More
1966 52 Years Old In a 1966 appearance on Face the Nation, Boggs defended the Commission's findings and stated that he did not doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy. … Read More
1968 54 Years Old On August 22, 1968, while Secretary of State Dean Rusk was testifying in a hearing concerning the Vietnam War, Boggs interrupted the session to announce the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the troops of the Soviet Union, after hearing of a recent Radio Prague broadcast telling the Czechoslovaks not to take any action against the occupying forces. … Read More
1971 57 Years Old In April 1971, he made a speech on the floor of the House in which he strongly attacked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and the whole of the FBI. That led to a conversation on April 6, 1971 between President Richard M. Nixon and the Republican minority leader, Gerald R. Ford, Jr.. … Read More
In 1972, while he was still Majority Leader, the twin engine airplane in which Boggs was traveling disappeared over a remote section of Alaska. … Read More
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