Harold B. McSween

Harold Barnett McSween ( born July 19, 1926 in Alexandria, Louisiana, † January 12, 2002 ) was an American politician. Between 1959 and 1963 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After primary school, Harold McSween studied until 1950 at Louisiana State University law. He became a member of the American Merchant Marine and was from 1944 to 1946 the reserve of the U.S. Navy at. After his made ​​in 1950 admitted to the bar he began to work in this profession. He also went into the banking industry and was president of a local bank. He was also president of the Rapides Saving and Loan Association. In the years 1955 and 1956 he sat in the school board in Rapides Parish; 1957 to 1958 he served on the school board, the state government of Louisiana.

Politically, McSween member of the Democratic Party. In 1960 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, was nominated on the John F. Kennedy as the presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1958 he was in the eighth election district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George S. Long on January 3, 1959. After a re-election in 1960 he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1963 two legislative sessions. Actually, he had lost the primaries of 1960 against the former governor Earl Long. However, since these died shortly after the election, McSween was then but nominated as a candidate. During his time in Congress, there was, among others, to the Cuban Missile Crisis. McSween was considered a liberal politician.

In 1962, McSween was not nominated by his party for another term. Later he fell because of financial matters in legal difficulties. Politically, he is no longer have appeared after his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives. Harold McSween died on 12 January 2002 in his hometown of Alexandria; he had four children.