Charles Edgar McKENZIE, Congress, LA (1896-1956)


McKENZIE, Charles Edgar, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Pelican, De Soto Parish, La., October 3, 1896; attended the public schools of Monroe, La., and Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge; volunteered for service on the Mexican border in 1916 with the Louisiana National Guard; during the First World War was mustered into the Federal service on April 1, 1917, and commissioned a second lieutenant in the One Hundred and Fifty-sixth Infantry, serving overseas in the Thirty-ninth and Eighty-ninth Divisions from June 1918 to September 1919; engaged in oil drilling and as an oil operator at Wichita Falls and Burkburnett, Tex., 1919-1921; returned to Monroe, La., in 1921, and engaged in the oil, gas, finance-brokerage, trucking, and insurance businesses; also agricultural pursuits; served as executive assistant director in the Louisiana Department of Highways 1940-1942; director of planning, housing, and aeronautics in the Louisiana Department of Public Works in 1942 and 1943; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed supervision of his business enterprises; died in Monroe, La., June 7, 1956; interment in Riverview Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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