Clifford Cleveland Brooks

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Clifford Cleveland Brooks
Louisiana State Senator for Tensas, Concordia, Madison, and East Carroll parishes
In office
1924–1932
Preceded by George Henry Clinton
Succeeded by Daniel B. Fleming

Andrew L. Sevier

Personal details
Born (1886-09-19)September 19, 1886
Lexington
Oglethorpe County
Georgia, USA
Died October 16, 1944(1944-10-16) (aged 58)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda Mae Sibley (married 1915-1944, his death)
Children No children
Parents George Washington Brooks

Ida Stokes Briscoe Brooks

Residence St. Joseph, Tensas Parish
Louisiana
Occupation Cotton planter

Clifford Cleveland Brooks, also known as C. C. Brooks (September 19, 1886 – October 16, 1944),[1] was a Georgia native who served as a Democrat from 1924 to 1932 in the Louisiana State Senate. Brooks represented the delta parishes: Tensas, Madison, East Carroll, and Concordia,[2] a rich farming region along the Mississippi River in eastern Louisiana ranging from Vidalia to Tallulah to Lake Providence. At the time, two state senators served from the four-parish district.

Background[edit]

Brooks was born in Lexington in Oglethrope County in northeastern Georgia, to George Washington Brooks and the former Ida Stokes Briscoe. Brooks was given his middle name to honor U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Brooks graduated in 1908 from the University of Georgia at Athens, where he was active in athletic and fraternal activities. He had planned to study medicine but instead moved west for health reasons and sold real estate in Pauls Valley in Garvin County in southern Oklahoma. Thereafter, he was a cotton broker in Shreveport in far northwestern Louisiana.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1918, Brooks came to Tensas Parish, where two years later, he purchased the Botany Bay Plantation on Lake Bruin near the parish seat of government of St. Joseph. In the Senate, he was assigned to the Agriculture, Land, and Levees committees.[4] Brooks was also the chairman of the Senate Public Parks and Public Buildings Committee[3] He served alongside Norris C. Williamson of East Carroll Parish,[2] an unwavering conservative and an unyielding critic of Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr. Williamson retired to private life in 1932, rather than face likely defeat at the hands of the Longites, and his seat passed to Andrew L. Sevier of Tallulah.[5]

Brooks was unseated in his 1932 bid for a third Senate term by the banker Daniel B. Fleming of Ferriday in Concordia Parish. Himself generally anti-Long in the preceding term, Brooks equivocated regarding Longism and disappointed some of his original supporters who felt that he had not stood by his principles. Josiah Scott, editor of the Tensas Gazette, wrote that Brooks had "a way of 'standing in' with both sides .... keeping posted on all that goes on in the camp of his friends and in the camp of his enemies alike." Scott noted that Brooks had found ways to get policies and programs supported in the delta, such as bridge work, approved despite the general hostility of the Long administration. In December 1931, Brooks appeared at a Long rally in Lake Providence in East Carroll Parish on behalf of Long's chosen successor as governor, O. K. Allen. Brooks endorsed Allen for governor and promised if retained in the Senate to support the Long-Allen agenda over the next four years. Brooks, however, was caught between pro-Long sentiment in the lower delta which coalesced behind Fleming and the conservative planter candidate, Andrew Sevier, in the upper delta. Two seats were at stake; Fleming and Sevier prevailed, with Brooks cast aside for reelection. Emerging pro-Long voters in Brooks' own Tensas Parish even turned to Fleming.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brooks was affiliated with the Knights of Pythias. In 1915, he married the former Linda Mae Sibley (1890-1976), a native of Bossier Parish, who was residing with her parents in Shreveport. Linda took an active role in civic matters and founded the first troop in St. Joseph of the Girl Scouts of America. Four years after Brooks' death, Linda married Dr. George Watts Dubuisson, who died in 1952. She continued to operate Botany Bay Plantation after the deaths of both husbands. She died at the since defunct St. Charles Legion Memorial Hospital in Newellton. Both Dubuissons are interred at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton; Clifford Brooks' burial place is unknown.[1][3][7]

See also[edit]

Related names in Tensas Parish agriculture:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "No. 51, Robert James Sibley". rcstokes.com. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Membership in the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-2012" (PDF). legis.state.la.us. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Henry E. Chambers, History of Louisiana, Vol. 2 (Chicago and New York City: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, p. 71)
  4. ^ James Matthew Reonas, Once Proud Princes: Planters and Plantation Culture in Louisiana's Northeast Delta, From the First World War Through the Great Depression (PDF). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Ph.D. dissertation, December 2006, p. 263. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Once Proud Princes, p. 198
  6. ^ Once Proud Princes, pp. 207-209
  7. ^ "Linda Sibley Dubuisson". findagrave.com from Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, October 2, 1976. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
Preceded by
George Henry Clinton
Louisiana State Senator for Concordia, Tensas, Madison, and East Carroll parishes

Clifford Cleveland Brooks
1924–1932

Succeeded by
Daniel B. Fleming

Andrew L. Sevier