John McKeithen

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  • Born in Grayson, LA

    Born in Grayson, LA
    in Caldwell Parish, the son of contractor and farmer, Jesse J. McKeithen and the former DeEtte Eglin
  • Graduated High School

    Graduated High School
  • Earned law degree

    Earned law degree
    first attended college in High Point, North Carolina. Earned law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
  • Married Margie Funderbunk

    Married Margie Funderbunk
    Marjorie "Margie" Howell Funderburk (September 30, 1919– March 24, 2004). She graduated from Louisiana Tech University, then called "Louisiana Polytechnic Institute." They had six children, including the future State Representative and Louisiana Secretary of State Fox McKeithen (1946–2005). She was the homemaker of their Hogan Plantation and reserved the spotlight for her popular husband, whom she affectionately called "J.J."
  • Son "Fox" McKeithen was born

    Son "Fox" McKeithen was born
    He was born Walter Fox McKeithen in Columbia, to John Julian McKeithen and the former Marjorie H. Funderburk. McKeithen graduated from Caldwell Parish High School as class president in 1964, the same year that his father was elected governor of Louisiana. He went to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in Lincoln Parish to obtain a bachelor's degree in history and social studies.
  • Served in Army

    Served in Army
    From 1942 - 1946 he served in the 77th Infantry Division, United States Army in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He was awarded two bronze stars.
  • Elected to LA Public Service Commission

    Elected to LA Public Service Commission
    The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) is an independent regulatory agency dedicated to serving the public interest by assuring safe, reliable, and reasonably priced services for the public utilities and motor carriers.
  • Elected as LA Governor

    Elected as LA Governor
    Earl Long's widow, Blanche Long was his campaign manager
  • Re-Elected as Governor

    Re-Elected as Governor
    voters approved his "pet" Amendment I
  • Died