Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
RARICK, John Richard (1924-2009)

RARICK, JOHN RICHARD, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Waterford, Elkhart County, Ind., January 29, 1924; attended Goshen High School, Goshen, Ind., Ball State Teacher's College, Muncie, Ind., and Louisiana State University; served in the United States Army for three years in the Second World War during which time he was captured and later escaped from a German prison camp; awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart; graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1949; admitted to practice law in Louisiana in 1949; elected district judge of the Twentieth Judicial District, June 28, 1961; resigned judgeship May 15, 1966, to declare his candidacy for Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Ninetieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1967-January 3, 1975); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1974 to the Ninety-fourth Congress; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful candidate for the American Independent Party presidential nomination in 1976; unsuccessful Independent candidate for election in 1976 to the Ninety-fifth Congress; American Independent Party nominee for United States president in 1980; died on September 14, 2009, in St. Francisville, La.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Alabama Legislature Commission to Preserve the Peace Records, 1962-1975, 6 cubic feet.
Subjects include John R. Rarick.


Southeastern Louisiana University
Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies
Hammond, LA
Papers: ca. 1945-2003, 242 boxes.
The papers of John Rarick include newpaper articles, speeches, correspondence, files on people, sex education laws, government subject files, bills, grants, tax files, campaign files, Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations records, closed case work files, Fairness Doctrines, World War II and post-war military training, awards and artifacts, and scrapbooks.


University of Oregon
Knight Library
Eugene, OR
Papers: In the Granville F. Knight Papers, ca. 1920-1981, 5 volumes and 10 boxes.
Correspondents include John R. Rarick.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: John R. Rarick, Democratic Representative from Louisiana. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.