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William M. Rainach

Born: Jul 13, 1913

Death: Jan 26, 1978

Birthplace: Kentwood

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

William M. Rainach

Date of Birth : Jul 13, 1913
Date of Death : Jan 26, 1978
Birth Place : Kentwood

William Monroe Rainach, Sr., known as Willie Rainach, was a state legislator from rural Summerfield in Claiborne Parish who led Louisiana's "Massive Resistance" to desegregation during the last half of the 1950s. He served Claiborne and neighboring Bienville Parish in north Louisiana for three terms in the Louisiana State Senate from 1948 to 1960. Earlier, he represented Claiborne Parish in the state Louisiana House of Representatives from 1940 to 1948. When he left the House, the seat was taken by John Sidney Garrett of Haynesville, in northern Claiborne Parish, who twenty years later would serve a term as Speaker. In 1959, Rainach unsuccessfully sought the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, then equivalent to election in Louisiana at a time when few Republicans bothered to contest elections.


  • Politician
  • Businessperson

Also known as

  • William Rainach


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