Newt V. Mills

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Newt Virgus Mills
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United States Representative from Louisiana's 5th congressional district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by Riley J. Wilson
Succeeded by Charles E. McKenzie
Personal details
Born (1899-09-27)September 27, 1899
Calhoun, Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died May 15, 1996(1996-05-15) (aged 96)
Monroe, Ouachita Parish
Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Residence Monroe, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana State University
Northwestern State University
Spencer Business College in New Orleans

Occupation Educator; Businessman
Farmer

Newt Virgus Mills (September 27, 1899 – May 15, 1996) was a U.S. Representative in the first half of the 20th century from Louisiana's 5th congressional district, based in Monroe, Louisiana.

Born in Calhoun in western Ouachita Parish, Mills attended public schools and then enrolled at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Northwestern State University, then Louisiana Normal College, in Natchitoches, and Spencer Business College in New Orleans. He also studied law. From 1921 to 1932, Mills taught school in Mer Rouge in Morehouse Parish. He was the Louisiana supervisor of public accounts from 1933 to 1936. He was also engaged in agricultural pursuits, cattle raising, real estate, and oil. In 1936, he served as colonel on the staff of the governor.

Mills was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifty, Seventy-sixth, and Seventy-seventh Congresses (January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1943). He unseated Representative Riley J. Wilson of Catahoula Parish in the 1936 Democratic primary. In 1942, however, he was himself defeated for renomination by Charles E. McKenzie, a native of DeSoto Parish who had relocated to Monroe. In 1950, Mills waged an unsuccessful intraparty challenge to U.S. Senator Russell B. Long, son of the legendary Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

Mills resumed his involvement in oil and natural gas, cotton planting, and a building-supply company. He was a resident of Monroe until his death there at the age of ninety-six on May 15, 1996.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Riley J. Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 5th congressional district

1937–1943
Succeeded by
Charles E. McKenzie