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Bolivar E. Kemp

Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Sr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1925 – June 19, 1933
Preceded by George K. Favrot
Succeeded by Jared Y. Sanders, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1871-12-28)December 28, 1871
St. Helena Parish, Louisiana
Died June 19, 1933(1933-06-19) (aged 61)
Amite, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Esther Edwards Connor Kemp, known as Lallie Kemp
Children Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Jr.
Residence Amite, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana State University Law Center
Occupation Attorney
Religion Episcopalian

Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Sr. (December 28, 1871, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana – June 19, 1933, Amite, Louisiana), was an attorney and a member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 6th congressional district.

In 1897, Kemp earned his legal degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge and began his law practice in Amite, the parish seat of Tangipahoa Parish, one of the Florida Parishes. In 1910, he was appointed a member of the influential LSU Board of Supervisors.

A Democrat, Kemp won the 1924 primary election for the 6th District seat and was unopposed in the general election. He ran unopposed in 1926, 1928, and 1930, and he defeated two primary opponents to win a fifth term in 1932. Kempt worked for passage of Mississippi River flood-control legislation, the Great Mississippi Flood having occurred in 1927.

On June 19, 1933, Bolivar Kemp died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home in Amite three weeks after the similar death of his brother and law partner, William Breed Kemp, Jr. His seat ordinarily would have been filled through a special primary and general election. In early December 1933, Governor Oscar K. Allen declared that a special election would be held eight days from the date of his announcement, and he named Kemp's widow, the former Esther Edwards Conner, known as "Lallie" Kemp, as the "unopposed" Democratic nominee. Many protested the announcement, and ballots were destroyed or burned in several locations within the district. After state election officials nevertheless declared Lallie Kemp the winner of the special election, a committee of citizens stged a "revolt election", won by Jared Y. Sanders, Jr., supported by district conservatives and anti-Long elements. In January 1934, Mrs. Kemp and Sanders presented their competing claims to the House. The United States House Committee on Elections refused to seat either candidate, and the full House approved the committee report by voice vote. Lallie Kemp declined to run in the subsequent May 1 special election in which Sanders defeated Harry D. Wilson, the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Kemps' son, Bolivar Edwards Kemp, Jr., a son-in-law of Harry Wilson, served as the Attorney General of Louisiana from 1948 to 1952, between the two terms of Fred S. LeBlanc of Baton Rouge.

Lallie Kemp, who died in 1943, was appointed in 1937 by Governor Richard Leche to the Louisiana Hospital Board. She is honored by the naming of the medical center, a critical access hospital, in Independence.[1][2]

Bolivar E. Kemp was Episcopalian. He is interred beside his wife and son at Amite Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Lallie Kemp Medical Center". Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Historical Timeline". Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

External links

  • Bolivar E. Kemp at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • , June 23, 1933Ponchatoula EnterpriseObituary,
  • "Revolting Parishes".  , TIME, December 18, 1933
  • New York Times obituary, June 20, 1933 (subscription required)
  • "Louisiana Contest Up in House Today", New York Times, January 3, 1934 (subscription required)
  • "House Upholds Ban on Louisiana Seat", New York Times, January 30, 1934 (subscription required)
  • "Quits Louisiana Race", New York Times, March 19, 1934 (subscription required)
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
George K. Favrot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 6th congressional district

1925 – 1933
Succeeded by
Jared Y. Sanders, Jr.
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