Hale Boggs
American politician
Hale Boggs
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.
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Danziger Bridge jurors tell how they focused on different aspects of testimony - NOLA.com
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... prosecutor Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein, right, Madison thanked the jury and the federal authorities who brought the case, while noting he will never get his brother back in front of Hale Boggs Federal Court Friday, August 5, 2011 in New Orleans, La
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Metro New Orleans area road closures for Tuesday, Aug. 16 - NOLA.com
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By The Times-Picayune Hale Boggs Bridge: The right lane and shoulder in both directions will be closed Tuesday night, 6:30 pm-5 am, to move construction equipment. Louisiana 627: Alternating lane closures will be enforced daily through Friday,
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Spotlight: NPR's Cokie Roberts sets Bing appearance - The Spokesman Review (subscription)
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She's the daughter of two famous Congress members, her father Hale Boggs and her mother Lindy Boggs. A lot of people rely on her for a level-headed, insider's view of what's happening in politics. Roberts will speak at the Bing, 901 W. Sprague Ave.,
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Cokie's coming to the Bing - The Spokesman Review (blog)
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She's the daughter of two famous Congress members, her father Hale Boggs and her mother Lindy Boggs. A lot of people, and I am one, rely on her for a level-headed view of what's happening in politics. Tickets will be $40 (it's a Spokane Public Radio
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St. Charles Parish Council opposes proposed barge operation - NOLA.com
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The council also approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development to place five welcome signs on the Hale Boggs Bridge and at entrances to the parish on the west bank. The state highway department will pay $79000 of the
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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips | Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP | News & Events - Linex Legal (press release) (registration)
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Private Equity Manager spoke with T. Hale Boggs, a partner at law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in New York, about some of the con- siderations the SEC will have to face when drafting such a rule. Private Equity Manager: It looks like once a bill is
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Danziger Bridge guilty verdicts are another strike against New Orleans police - NOLA.com
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... prosecutor Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein, right, Madison thanked the jury and the federal authorities who brought the case, while noting he will never get his brother back in front of Hale Boggs Federal Court Friday, August 5, 2011 in New Orleans, La
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How did we get to this terrible place in Washington D.C.? - newjerseynewsroom.com
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Cokie's father, Democrat Hale Boggs, who died in a plane crash in 1972, was Majority Leader when Jerry Ford was the house Minority Leader. In her eulogy delivered on July 12, Roberts harkened back to time in Washington when Democrats and Republicans
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Betty Ford remembered at bipartisan memorial - Atlanta Journal Constitution
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When Roberts' father, Democratic Congressman Hale Boggs, was the House majority leader and Ford's husband was the House minority leader, Roberts recalled, they could argue about issues but get together as friends afterward. Their families became close,
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Cokie Roberts Eulogy for Betty Ford: The Hard Work of a 'House' Wife - ABC News (blog)
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Former President Gerald Ford, a Republican, was House minority leader when Roberts' father, Democratic congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana, was majority leader. They had known each other since Ford's election to Congress in 1948
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Metro New Orleans area road closures for Saturday, July 9 - NOLA.com
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By The Times-Picayune Hale Boggs Bridge: The right lane and shoulder in both directions will be closed through 5 pm Saturday to place concrete barriers as part of the ongoing cable replacement project. Interestate 10 between Interstate 510 and Crowder
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Lane closures set on Hale Boggs Bridge as cable replacement project hits ... - NOLA.com
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By Littice Bacon-Blood, The Times-Picayune First, the good news: The $46 million cable replacement project on the Hale Boggs Bridge in St. Charles Parish is about halfway complete. However, there is still about a year of work left to do,
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Libyan Rebels Hire Patton Boggs - The National Law Journal
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Public policy and lobbying partner Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., chairman of Patton Boggs' executive committee and the son of late firm co-founder Thomas Hale Boggs, is leading a team from the firm advising the TNC, along with managing partner Edward
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Libyan Rebels Hire Patton Boggs - The Am Law Daily
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Public policy and lobbying partner Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., chairman of Patton Boggs's executive committee and the son of late firm cofounder Thomas Hale Boggs, is leading a team from the firm advising the TNC, along with managing partner Edward
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Libyan rebels hire Washington's No. 1 lobby firm for 'advice and assistance' - The Hill
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Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a partner at the firm who is one of Washington's top lobbyists, will be leading the Libya account. “I will be primarily responsible for overseeing the work done on behalf of the Council and will supervise the lawyers and other
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hale Boggs
    FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 58
    As Majority Leader, Boggs often campaigned for others. On October 16, 1972, he was aboard a twin engine Cessna 310 with Representative Nick Begich of Alaska, who was facing a possible tight race in the November 1972 general election against the Republican candidate, Don Young, when it disappeared during a flight from Anchorage to Juneau.
    More Details Hide Details Also on board were Begich's aide, Russell Brown, and the pilot, Don Jonz; the four were heading to a campaign fundraiser for Begich. (Boggs and Begich would both be re-elected posthumously.) Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force planes searched for the party. On November 24, 1972, the search was abandoned after 39 days. Neither the wreckage of the plane nor the pilot's and passengers' remains were ever found. The accident prompted Congress to pass a law mandating Emergency Locator Transmitters in all US civil aircraft. After Boggs and Begich were re-elected that November, House Resolution 1 of January 3, 1973, officially recognized Boggs's presumed death and opened the way for a special election. The events surrounding Boggs's death have been the subject of much speculation, suspicion, and numerous conspiracy theories. The theories often center on his membership on the Warren Commission. Boggs dissented from the Warren Commission's majority who supported the single bullet theory. Regarding the single-bullet theory, Boggs commented, "I had strong doubts about it." In the 1979 novel The Matarese Circle, author Robert Ludlum portrayed Boggs as having been killed to stop his investigation of the Kennedy assassination.
    In 1972, while he was still Majority Leader, the twin engine airplane in which Boggs was traveling disappeared over a remote section of Alaska.
    More Details Hide Details The airplane presumably crashed and was never found. Congressman Nick Begich, of Alaska, was also presumed killed in the same accident.
  • 1971
    Age 57
    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..
    More Details Hide Details Nixon said that he could no longer take counsel from Boggs as a senior member of Congress. In the recording of this call, Nixon asked Ford to arrange for the House delegation to include an alternative to Boggs. Ford speculated that Boggs is on pills as well as alcohol. Later that month, Boggs went even further: "Over the postwar years, we have granted to the elite and secret police within our system vast new powers over the lives and liberties of the people. At the request of the trusted and respected heads of those forces, and their appeal to the necessities of national security, we have exempted those grants of power from due accounting and strict surveillance."
  • 1968
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That caused Secretary Rusk, who was previously unaware of the situation, to excuse himself immediately, mid-testimony, to attend to the issue of the invasion.) (Source: Walter Cronkite: "The Way it Was: The 1960s")
  • 1966
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He said that all the evidence indicated that Kennedy was shot from behind and that the argument that one bullet hit both Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally was "very persuasive." Boggs took issue with the assertions of Warren Commission critics and stated that it was "human nature" that "many people would prefer to believe there was a conspiracy." He served as Majority Whip from 1962 to 1971 and as majority leader from January 1971 to his disappearance. As the whip, he ushered much of President Johnson's Great Society legislation through Congress.
  • 1965
    Age 51
    Unlike most other Southern Representatives, however, he supported the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Open Housing Act of 1968.
    More Details Hide Details He was instrumental in passage of the interstate highway program in 1956.
  • FORTIES
  • 1964
    Age 50
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 49
    Boggs was a member of the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy from 1963 to 1964.
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  • 1962
    Age 48
    In 1962, 1964, and 1968, David C. Treen, a Metairie lawyer who became the first Louisiana Republican governor in 1980, challenged Boggs for reelection.
    More Details Hide Details Treen built on Buckley’s efforts in the first contest, and Goldwater's momentum in Louisiana helped in the second race. It was in the 1968 election, however, that Treen fared the best: 77,633 votes (48.8 percent) to Boggs's 81,537 ballots (51.2 percent). Treen attributed Boggs's victory to the supporters of former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace Jr., who ran for president on the American Independent Party ticket. Treen said that Wallace supporters "became very cool to my candidacy. We couldn’t really believe they would support Boggs, but several Democratic organizations did come out for Wallace and Boggs, and he received just enough Wallace votes to give him the election.”"Republican officials seemed convinced that fraudulent votes in some Orleans Parish precincts benefited Boggs and that Treen may have actually won the election. There were rumors of election officials who cast votes for people who did not show up at the polls and signed for them in the precinct registers.
  • 1960
    Age 46
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The Kennedy-Johnson ticket easily won in Louisiana that year.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1952
    Age 38
    The Boggs Act of 1952, sponsored by Hale Boggs, set mandatory sentences for drug-related offenses.
    More Details Hide Details A first-offense conviction for marijuana possession carried a minimum sentence of 2 to 10 years with a fine of up to $20,000.
    Boggs finished third in the balloting for governor early in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details The Boggs candidate for lieutenant governor, C.E. "Cap" Barham of Ruston, prevailed in a runoff election against future Governor John McKeithen. The Boggs choice for register of state lands, Ellen Bryan Moore of Baton Rouge, won the office vacated by Lucille May Grace. Moore defeated Mary Evelyn Dickerson, future state treasurer in the second McKeithen administration. Two other Boggs candidates were defeated, including State Senator Chester J. Coco of Marksville for attorney general, who lost to Fred S. LeBlanc, the former mayor of Baton Rouge, and Douglas Fowler of Coushatta, defeated by Allison Kolb of Baton Rouge, who later switched to Republican affiliation. Boggs won the gubernatorial endorsement of the Shreveport Times, which hailed the representative for having stopped the Truman administration from "altering oil-depletion allowances in federal taxation, thus blocking... efforts to tie a millstone around the neck of the petroleum industry of Louisiana."The Times, in a dig at Miss Grace, also cited Boggs' fight in Congress as early as 1941 against communism and subversion in government. Other newspapers supporting Boggs were the since defunct Monroe Morning World and the functioning Monroe News-Star.
  • 1951
    Age 37
    In 1951, Boggs launched an ill-fated campaign for governor of Louisiana.
    More Details Hide Details Leading in the polls early in the campaign, he was soon put on the defensive when another candidate, Lucille May Grace, at the urging of long-time Louisiana political boss Leander Perez, questioned Boggs' membership in the American Student Union in the 1930s. By 1951, the ASU was thought to be a Communist front. Boggs avoided the question and attacked both Grace and Perez for conducting a smear campaign against him. In his book, The Big Lie, author Garry Boulard suggests strongly that Boggs was a member of the ASU but tried to cover up that fact in the different political climate of the early 1950s.
  • 1946
    Age 32
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1942
    Age 28
    After an unsuccessful re-election bid in 1942, Boggs joined the United States Navy as an ensign.
    More Details Hide Details He served the remainder of World War II.
  • 1941
    Age 27
    A Democrat, Boggs was elected to the U.S. House for the Second District and served from 1941 to 1943.
    More Details Hide Details At the time he was elected he was, at twenty-six, the youngest member of Congress.
  • 1935
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Long had previously broken the power of New Orleans politicians in 1929.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1934
    Age 20
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 0
    Born in 1914.
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