Jones, Sam Houston

Jones, Sam Houston

(1897–1978) governor, lawyer; born near Merryville, La. A World War I veteran, he practiced law in Beauregard Parish, La., serving as district attorney (1925–34). As Louisiana's governor (Dem., 1940–44), he cleaned up Huey Long's excesses, and instituted a civil service system that resulted in a 15 million dollar surplus. He returned to his law practice, serving on Louisiana's first biracial commission in 1965.
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