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Joseph Eugene Ransdell

U.S. Representative

Preceded by Samuel Baird
Office by Elected
Served from August 29, 1899
Served to March 3, 1913
Left Office by Elected to Senate
Succeeded by James Elder

U.S. Senator

Preceded by Murphy J. Foster
Senator by Elected
Served from March 4, 1913
Served to March 3, 1931
Left Office by Lost renomination
Succeeded by Huey P. Long
Born October 7, 1858
Alexandria, La.
Died July 27, 1954
Lake Providence, LA
Age 95
Party Democratic
Education Union College - 1882
Schenectady, NY
Profession Attorney, Politician Business, Farming
Spouse Olive Irene Powell
 November 16, 1885
Religion Catholic
Burial Lake Providence Cemetery
 Lake Providence, LA

U. S. Representative 1899 - 1913

U. S. Senator
1913 - 1931

Joseph Eugene Ransdell, born in Alexandria, La,, is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY. 

He is  the son of John H. Ransdell and Amanda Louise Terrell.

Representing Louisiana, he was a United States Representative, August 29, 1899 to March 3, 1913 and then United States Senator from March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1931. 

He returned to Lake Providence, became a member of the board of supervisors of Louisiana State University, engaged in real estate and planting.

A major accomplishment of Senator Ransdell, occurred during the Great Depression, on May 26, 1930 with the enactment of the Ransdell Act.  This Act began the National Institute of Health and the funding of medical research.

Joseph and his wife Olive Powell are buried in Lake Providence Cemetery in Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana.


Lake Providence Cemetery

Olive P. Ransdell
Dec. 24, 1864
Mar.9, 1935

K. S. G.
Joseph E. Ransdell
Oct. 7, 1858
July 21, 1954
U.S. CONGRESS 1899 - 1913
U.S. SENATE 1913- 1931


The High Cost of Pork Barrel by Joseph E. Ransdell

The Plot Behind Free Sugar - Speech by Joseph E. Ransdell

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