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Dudley Joseph LeBlanc
 

Born August 16, 1894
Died October 22, 1971
Cause Stroke
Age 77
Education Southwest Louisiana Institute
Profession Businessman
 
Spouse Evelyn Hebert
Children 6
Religion Catholic
Burial St. Mary Magdalen Cemetery
Dudley Joseph LeBlanc is a four time Louisiana State Senator from Vermillion Parish, serving from 1940-1944, 1948-1952, 1964-1968 and from 1968-1971.

He was an extraordinarily colorful politician, businessman, promoter and salesman.

He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum's Hall of Fame in 1993, the very first year of induction.

While attending college he polished his business skills operating a clothes pressing business.  After college he was a very successful salesman.  He became a sergeant in World War I in the U.S. Army.

After the war he served briefly after being elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and then was elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC).
As a member of the PSC, he voted to remove
Huey Long as the PSC chairman.  LeBlanc accused Long of being a "slacker" during World War I.  Thus began a long period of animosity that almost led to LeBlanc's downfall.

In 1932, LeBlanc ran for governor against Oscar K. Allen, Long's handpicked successor and lost badly.  During the campaign, Long cast aspersions on LeBlanc's funeral business whose clientele were mostly black.  The rumors seriously damaged LeBlanc's business.  Long was not finished with LeBlanc and had the legislature pass law's making it difficult for LeBlanc to operate his burial insurance business in Louisiana.  LeBlanc moved to Texas.

After Long's death, he returned to Louisiana and began the first of four terms as a Louisiana senator,

He ran twice more for governor losing to Jimmie Davis in 1944 and to Robert Kennon in 1948.

During LeBlanc's fourth term as Louisiana Senator he died while running for a fifth term.

He was well known in Louisiana for his alcohol-laden patent medicine product known as "Hadacol" sold by his Happy Day Company.

 

Dudley J. LeBlanc Sr.
Aug. 16, 1894
Oct. 22, 1971

Evelyn H. LeBlanc
Jan. 28, 1897
Oct. 19, 1992

 

Favorite Biographies & News

Coozan Dudley LeBlanc: From Huey Long to Hadacol, book by Floyd Martin Clay
Dudley LeBlanc's Acadian Genealogy

Secretary of State's Office

Wikipedia

 

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