Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PASSMAN, Otto Ernest (1900-1988)

PASSMAN, OTTO ERNEST, a Representative from Louisiana; born on a farm near Franklinton, Washington Parish, La., June 27, 1900; was graduated from Baton Rouge (La.) High School and from Soule Business College at New Orleans, La.; in 1929 engaged in the manufacture of commercial refrigerators, and as a distributor of hotel and restaurant supplies and electrical appliances at Monroe, La.; owner Passman Investment Company; during the Second World War was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Navy and served from October 11, 1942, until his discharge as lieutenant commander on September 5, 1944; resumed the mercantile business; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1948, 1952, and 1956; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth and to the fourteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1977); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; was a resident of Monroe, La., until his death there on August 13, 1988; interment in Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery, Monroe, Quachita Parish, La.

University of Louisiana at Monroe
Special Collections & Archives, ULM Library
Monroe, LA
Papers: ca. 1947-1977, approximately 300,000 documents.
The papers of Congressman Otto E. Passman document his time serving as a Representative from Louisiana. The collection is divided into the following series: General Files, Social Security Administration, and Veterans' Administration. The types of records include campaign files, legislative files, speeches, invitations, voting record, press releases, press clippings, correspondence, petitions, form letters, thank you notes, and academy nominations. Subjects covered include foreign aid, selective service, segregation, Democratic Party, Vietnam, Communism, sugar, Liberty Lobby, Masonic Society, flood control, Louisiana State Sovereignty Commission, agriculture, housing, Louisiana State University, Mardi Gras - Louisiana State Society, Ku Klux Klan, Agency for International Development, Federal Energy Office, the city of Monroe, Louisiana. The papers also include extensive correspondence received in the early 1970s regarding President Nixon - pro or anti. A finding aid is available in the repository or online.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Richard B. Cheney Deputy Assistant to the President; Assistant to the President for White House Operations: Files , 1974-1977, 8.4 linear feet.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Papers: In the Gerald R. Ford Papers, National Security Advisor Presidential Name File, 1974-1977, 1.2 linear feet.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Papers: In the John Marsh Files, 1974-1977, 49.6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Otto Passman.

Papers: In the National Security Adviser Memoranda of Conversations, 1973-1977, 8.4 linear feet.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Johns Hopkins University
Special Collections, The Milton S. Eisenhower Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Clarence D. Long Papers, 1961-1985, approximately 59 boxes.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Stanford University
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Elizabeth Churchill Brown Papers, 1943-1984, 17 linear feet.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Papers: In the Bonner Frank Fellers Papers, 1904-1997, 24 linear feet.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

Tulane University
Special Collections, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
New Orleans, LA
Papers: In the Scott Wilson Papers, 1921-1978, 215 boxes.
Persons represented include Otto Passman.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers Part 5 -- Multimedia: Series Outline and Group Photos (P-R), ca. 1831-2007, amount unknown.
The series includes images of Otto Passman.

  • Jones, Randolph. "Otto Passman and Foreign Aid: The Early Years." Louisiana History 26 (Winter 1985): 53-62.
  • Pearson, Drew and Jack Anderson. "The Mysterious Travels of Otto Passman." In The Case Against Congress, pp. 222-28. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Otto E. Passman, Democratic Representative from Louisiana. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.