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John Elton Coon

Born: Aug 10, 1907

Death: Mar 9, 1993

Birthplace: Ouachita Parish

Nationality: United States

John Elton Coon

Date of Birth : Aug 10, 1907
Date of Death : Mar 9, 1993
Birth Place : Ouachita Parish

John Elton Coon was a Democratic politician from Monroe, Louisiana, who served from 1948 to 1949 in the Louisiana House of Representatives and from 1949 to 1956 as the mayor of Monroe. Coon resigned after less than two years in the state House to become mayor of Monroe upon the death at the age of thirty-seven of his predecessor, George Olan Breece, a native of Kanawha, West Virginia. Coon then won a full term as mayor in 1952 and was succeeded in 1956 by fellow Democrat W. L. "Jack" Howard, who served for five nonconsecutive terms in the office between 1956 and 1978. After his mayoral tenure, Coon was from 1956 to 1964 the Louisiana state fire marshal under Governors Earl Kemp Long and Jimmie Davis. Coon was the youngest child of the former Henrietta Henson and Jacob Allen Coon of the Okaloosa Community in Ouachita Parish. Coon's father died before Coon was a teenager. His sister and last surviving sibling was Eunice Coon Williamson, an English and foreign languages faculty member from 1928 to 1958 at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.

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