Dudley A. Guglielmo

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Dudley Anthony Guglielmo, Sr.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner
In office
1964–1972
Preceded by Rufus D. Hayes
Succeeded by Sherman A. Bernard
Personal details
Born (1909-04-21)April 21, 1909
Died July 30, 2005(2005-07-30) (aged 96)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality Italian American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Widower
Children Two sons and a daughter
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Occupation Government employee

Dudley Anthony Guglielmo, Sr. (April 21, 1909 – July 30, 2005), was the Louisiana insurance commissioner from 1964 to 1972. He served two terms until he was denied renomination in the 1971 Democratic primary by Sherman A. Bernard, a house mover from Westwego in Jefferson Parish. Bernard managed to win the position on the premise that Louisiana residents were paying too high in insurance premiums and that Guglielmo had presumably did little to stop the rate increases.

Guglielmo, who was of Italian ethnicity, went to work in 1930 for the administration of Governor Huey Pierce Long, Jr.. He held the position of administrator of personnel and finance until 1940, when Sam Houston Jones succeeded Earl Kemp Long as governor. Thereafter, he served in numerous state appointed posts.

Guglielmo succeeded Rufus D. Hayes as insurance commissioner in 1964. Hayes did not seek a second elected term in the position. Among the losing candidates were State Representative Jack M. Dyer of Baton Rouge and state senator Speedy O. Long of La Salle Parish, the choice of John Julian McKeithen, the successful gubernatorial candidate that year. Speedy Long went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives. The Long-Guglielmo rivalry reflected the split in the Long ranks which had surfaced in the first primary held in December 1963. Guglielmo carried the backing of defeated gubernatorial candidates Shelby M. Jackson, Robert F. Kennon, Claude Kirkpatrick, and Gillis Long.[1] Gillis Long weakened his hold as congressman on the 8th Congressional District by running for Governor and lost his seat to his distant cousin Speedy O. Long, who had run unsuccessfully for Insurance Commissioner. Gillis Long appointed G F Coach Sweetman, who later worked for Guglielmo's Company, to the USAF Academy.

In 1967, Guglielmo defeated the conservative State Senator W. Spencer Myrick of Oak Grove, the seat of West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana, to secure a second term as insurance commissioner. His term was marked by a number of problems whereby Insurance companies failed to pay claims in a timely manner forcing the insured to accept lower amounts by with-holding payment until the insured was desperate. Guglielmo worked to require claims be paid more faithfully and also backed insurance agents' claims against a number of companies. His failure to advertise these actions probably cost him re-election and put the insurance companies firmly in his opponents back-pocket.

After his defeat by Bernard, who subsequently went to prison for extortion in connection with his insurance commissioner duties, Guglielmo ran a consulting agency which serviced insurance companies, hiring Coach Sweetman as an investigator, who provided behind-the-scenes detailed records, which ultimately led to several other state officials going to jail including Gov John McKeithen. Guglielmo was a master at detailing the proverbial money-trail and of presenting that information in an easy to follow format, always saving several surprises for the right time.

In 2004, Guglielmo was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in the Long's native Winnfield, the seat of Winn Parish.[2] "I'm just very honored to even be here", said Guglielmo, a 42-year state employee. "I had no idea they had such a place. This goes back to Huey P. Long".

Guglielmo described Huey Long as "the best campaigner I ever saw. He would get out in those trucks with the horns and get his message to people. Today, politics has changed. They do it on TV".

Guglielmo lived in Baton Rouge. At the time of his death, he was a widower and was survived by two sons, including Dudley A. Guglielmo, Jr. (born 1943), and a daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Minden Press, November 4, 1963, p. 12
  2. ^ "Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame". cityofwinnfield.com. Retrieved August 22, 2009. 

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Preceded by
Rufus D. Hayes
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner

Dudley Anthony Guglielmo, Sr.
1964–1972

Succeeded by
Sherman A. Bernard