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John Holmes Overton
U. S. Senator

Preceded by Edwin S. Broussard
Senator by Elected
Served from March 4, 1933
Served to May 15, 1948
Left Office by Died in office
Succeeded by William C. Feazel
Born September 17, 1875
Marksville, La.
Died May 15, 1948
Bethesda, Md.
Age 72
Party Democratic
Education Louisiana State University-1985
Tulane University - 1897
Profession Attorney, Politician
Spouse Ada Ruth Dismukes
Children 3 daughters, 1 son
Religion Episcopalian
Burial Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Pineville, La.

U. S. Senator
1949 - 1987

John Holmes Overton, a United States Representative, May 12, 1931 to March 3, 1933 and then United States Senator from Louisiana, March 4, 1933 until his death on May 14, 1948. 

He was a native of Marksville, La, a graduate of Louisiana State University and earned a law degree from Tulane University.  He died in the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and is buried with his wife Ada Ruth Dismukes, his parents and many of his family in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Pineville, Louisiana.

He was Huey Long's counsel in the impeachment action in 1929.

Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Pineville, Louisiana


John Holmes Overton
Sept. 17, 1875
May 14, 1948

United States Senator
March 4, 1933      May 14, 1948


Ruth Dismukes

Dec. 31, 1912
Aug. 27, 1973
(Wife of John Holmes Overton)



Mar. 26, 1835
Aug. 14, 1913
(Father of John Holmes Overton)


Laura Waddill

Mar. 17, 1845
Oct. 27, 1937
(Mother of John Holmes Overton)

John Holmes
Overton Jr.

Feb. 7, 1915
Oct. 23, 1946

Mary E. Overton
Dec. 19, 1916
Sept.6, 1988
(Daughter of John Holmes Overton)

Elbert Colyar
Oct. 2, 1911
July 1, 2000
(Husband of Mary E. Overton)


Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame - 1998 Induction

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