GAY, Edward James, (1878 - 1952)

Senate Years of Service: 1918-1921
Party: Democrat

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GAY, Edward James, (grandson of Edward James Gay [1816-1889]), a Senator from Louisiana; born on Union Plantation, Iberville Parish, La., May 5, 1878; attended Pantops Academy, Charlottesville, Va., the Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, and Princeton University; engaged in sugar production and the cultivation of various agricultural products; member, State house of representatives 1904-1918; elected on November 5, 1918, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert F. Broussard and served from November 6, 1918, to March 3, 1921; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1920; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Sixty-fifth Congress); president of a manufacturing company and of the Lake Long Drainage District, Iberville Parish; died in New Orleans, La., December 1, 1952; interment in Metairie Cemetery.