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BROUSSARD, Edwin Sidney (1874-1934)

BROUSSARD, EDWIN SIDNEY, (brother of Robert Foligny Broussard), a Senator from Louisiana; born near Loreauville, in Iberia Parish, La., December 4, 1874; attended the public schools and was graduated from the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge in 1896; taught in the public schools of Iberia and St. Martin Parishes 1896-1898; at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War volunteered for service and served as a captain in Cuba 1898-1899; accompanied the Taft Commission to the Philippine Islands in 1899 and served as an assistant secretary; returned to the United States in 1900; was graduated from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, La., in 1901; admitted to the bar the same year, and commenced practice in New Iberia, La.; prosecuting attorney for the nineteenth district of Louisiana 1903-1908; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in 1916; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1920; reelected in 1926 and served from March 4, 1921, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the practice of law in New Iberia, La., where he died on November 19, 1934; interment in St. Peters Cemetery.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
Lafayette, LA
Papers: 1903-1934. 61.5 linear feet. Chiefly congressional, business, and personal papers, including campaign materials and photographs. Major topics include the Progressive party, sugar and rice tariffs, floods, prohibition, and Huey Long. Available on microfilm. Finding aid.
Oral History: Discussed in interview (1988) with John Dorville Broussard, Edwin's son; and interview (1990) with Jacob S. Landry, Edwin's former secretary. Approximate time: each one hour.

  • Wakefield, Ann. "The Broussard Papers of the University of Southwestern Louisiana: New Light on Louisiana Progressivism.'' Louisiana History 31 (Summer 1990): 293-300.