Richard Webster Leche,
the 45th governor of Louisiana, died in 1965
Leche's first try at public office was in 1928 for a state Senate seat from the Eighth Senatorial District. He was defeated by Tom McConnell in the second primary. Leche was the New Orleans city campaign manager for Gov. Huey Long's U. S. Senatorial campaign in 1930. In 1932 he became the secretary to Gov. Oscar K. Allen.
Leche was appointed judge of the state court of appeal in September 1934. Following Huey Long's death in September 1935, Leche was chosen by the party to be the successor to Gov. Allen.
Judge Richard Leche, as a candidate for governor promised to have the state match the federal contribution for old age pension. He also promised to remove the school teachers from state control and over to the parishes. His speeches stated an expectation of a record vote for his candidacy.
Richard Leche resigned from
office, with about a year left to his term, claiming ill health.|
In June 1940, after being
convicted on a federal conviction of mail fraud, he filed an
The conviction was upheld. He was paroled in May of 1945.
Stella Louise Richard
Eustace Webster Leche
Richard Webster Leche
Hebert Girton Deignan
Stella Leche Deignan
Elton Reynolds Leche
Leche Questioned Concerning LSU Irregularities
- July 20, 1939, Times Picayune
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