LONG, Gillis William

LONG, Gillis William
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1923–1985

Biography

LONG, Gillis William, (husband of Catherine Long, cousin of Huey Pierce Long, Rose McConnell Long, Russell Billiu Long, George Shannon Long, and Speedy Oteria Long), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Winnfield, Winn Parish, La., May 4, 1923; attended the public schools of Winnfield and Alexandria, La.; Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, B.A., 1949 and from the law school of the same university, J.D., 1951; was admitted to practice before the State supreme court in 1951 and before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954; during the Second World War served in the Infantry as a private and rose through the ranks to captain; awarded the Purple Heart; was with the Internal Security Detachment at the Nuremberg war trials; served as legal counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Small Business, 1951-1952; chief counsel to the House of Representatives Special Committee on Campaign Expenditures, 1952-1954, and 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth Congress (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1965); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Louisiana in 1963; assistant director, Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965-1966; resumed the practice of law 1970-1972; president, board of commissioners, Louisiana Deep Draft Harbor and Terminal Authority, 1972; investment banker; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 20, 1985); died on January 20, 1985, in Washington, D.C.; interment in Alexandria National Cemetery, Pineville, Rapides Parish, La.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the House Democratic Caucus records, ca. 1913-1999, 31.2 linear feet. Correspondents include caucus chairman Gillis Long.

Louisiana State University
Special Collections

Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: ca. 1923-1985, 323 linear feet. The papers consist of correspondence, office files, printed material, photographs, electronic media, and memorabilia reflecting the political career of former Congressman Gillis W. Long. Office files Include personal files, staff files, legislative files, federal department and independent agency files, grant and project files, press files, committee files, and campaign files. Papers also contain material concerning members of his extended Long family as well as his immediate family. Long family papers consist primarily of printed material relating to Earl K. Long, Huey P. Long, and Russell B. Long. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
Oral Histories: In the Gillis Long oral history series, 1986-1987, 53 sound cassettes and 32 transcripts. Dr. Gary Huey conducted these interviews with friends and critics for a biography of Gillis Long.
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