Edwin E. Willis
Edwin Edward Willis ( born October 2, 1904 in Arnaudville, St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, † October 24, 1972 in St. Martinville, Louisiana ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), of the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives represented.
Willis graduated from the public schools in St. Martin Parish and 1926 at the Law School of Loyola University in New Orleans. He was admitted to the bar in 1926 and began at once to New Orleans to practice on. From 1936 he practiced in St. Martinville. He also worked 1926-1936 as a law lecturer in the evening classes. He was also owner and operator of a plantation in St. Martin Parish. He decided to pursue a political career, so he was elected in January 1948 in the Senate of Louisiana, where he remained until his election to the U.S. Congress. He was also a delegate to the 1956 Democratic National Convention. Willis was elected to the 81st and the nine succeeding U.S. Congresses. There he worked from 3 January 1949 to 3 January 1969.
During his tenure in Congress, he was involved in the 1956 Constitution of the Southern Manifesto, which spoke out against racial integration in public institutions. In addition, he was also Chairman of the Committee on Un - American Activities ( from the 88th to the 90th U.S. Congress ). He ran unsuccessfully in 1968 for the 90th U.S. Congress. After that, he acted as a consultant to the legislature, and as an author. He owned large farm near Arnaudville also a 1000 acres. He died on 24 October 1972 in St. Martinville, and was buried at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Cemetery.