Edwin Edward WILLIS, Congress, LA (1904-1972)
WILLIS, Edwin Edward, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Arnaudville, St. Martin Parish, La., October 2, 1904; graduated from St. Martin Parish public schools and from the law school of Loyola University, New Orleans, La., in 1926; was admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced the practice of law in New Orleans, La., and in St. Martinville, La., since 1936; law lecturer in evening classes 1926-1936; owner and operator of a plantation in St. Martin Parish; elected to the State senate in January 1948 and served until elected to Congress; delegate to Democratic National Convention in 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1969); chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eighty-eighth through Ninetieth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1968 to the Ninetieth Congress; legislative consultant and author; operated a 1,000-acre farm near Arnaudville, La.; died in St. Martinville, La., October 24, 1972; interment in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Cemetery.
BibliographyGoodman, Walter. The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 1968.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present