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J. Emile Verret

Born: Sep 13, 1885

Death: Feb 9, 1965

Birthplace: Iberia Parish

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

J. Emile Verret

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1885
Date of Death : Feb 9, 1965
Birth Place : Iberia Parish

J. Emile Verret was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1944 to 1948, having served under the first of the two nonconsecutive gubernatorial terms of James Houston "Jimmie" Davis. Verret defeated former Governor Earl Kemp Long in the party's runoff election for the second-ranking office in state government. He and Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock of Franklin in St. Mary Parish both denied Long victory in races for lieutenant governor: Verret in 1944 and Aycock in 1959. Earl Long had been elected lieutenant governor in 1936 and succeeded to the governorship for a year in 1939. Long was defeated for a full gubernatorial term in 1940 but staged impressive comebacks to win the top office in 1948 and 1956. Verret was born in Iberia Parish and educated in local schools. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1905. He also attended Soule Business College in New Orleans. He returned to New Iberia and opened a general store. He was also an independent insurance agent from 1928 until his death. His wife was the former Katherine Markham.


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