WILLIS, Edwin Edward

WILLIS, Edwin Edward
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1904–1972

Biography

WILLIS, Edwin Edward, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Arnaudville, St. Martin Parish, La., October 2, 1904; graduated from St. Martin Parish public schools and from the law school of Loyola University, New Orleans, La., in 1926; was admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced the practice of law in New Orleans, La., and in St. Martinville, La., since 1936; law lecturer in evening classes 1926-1936; owner and operator of a plantation in St. Martin Parish; elected to the State senate in January 1948 and served until elected to Congress; delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1969); chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eighty-eighth through Ninetieth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968 to the Ninetieth Congress; legislative consultant and author; operated a 1,000-acre farm near Arnaudville, La.; died in St. Martinville, La., October 24, 1972; interment in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection

Lafayette, LA
Papers: 1949-1969, 149 feet. 2 inches, 20 volumes, photographs. The papers of Edwin Willis contain general, legislative, and committee correspondence, case work, scrapbooks, photos (Congressional figures, etc.), mementoes, and maps (mainly tidelands).
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Goodman, Walter. The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1968.

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