Allen C. Gremillion

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Allen C. Gremillion
Louisiana State Representative from Acadia and Vermillion parishes
In office
1964 – September 30, 1971
Preceded by

W. P. Arceneaux

Jerry S. Ashley
Succeeded by

Louis Dischler, Jr.

John N. John, III
Personal details
Born 1929
Crowley, Acadia Parish,
Louisiana
Died September 30, 1971 (aged 41 or 42)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Judy Childers Gremillion
Residence Crowley, Louisiana
Alma mater Crowley High School
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana State University Law Center
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Allen C. Gremillion (1929 – September 30, 1971) was an attorney from Crowley, Louisiana, who served as a Democrat in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1964 until his death.[1]

Gremillion was born in Crowley to Curtis L. Gremillion and the former Beatrice Watson. After graduation from Crowley High School, he entered the pre-law program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He received hls law degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He served in the United States Navy.[2][3]

Twice elected to the Louisiana House, the first time from Acadia Parish and the second incomplete term from Acadia and Vermillion parishes, he served on the Conservation, Game Fish and Oysters, Judiciary, and Transportation and Highways committees. He was instrumental in the passage of a bill to provide additional funding to the Louisiana State University Rice Experiment Station in Crowley. He also worked to establish Louisiana State University at Eunice as a two-year campus.[2] He co-sponsored bills to create a state loan program for college students. He also worked to create the Southwestern Louisiana State School for Mentally Retarded Children in Iota in Acadia Parish.[2]

In his last year in office, Representative Gremillion sponsored a scholarship at Tulane University for a son of influential former Crowley City Judge Edmund Reggie. Some seven members of the Reggie family received such scholarships sponsored by the Acadia Parish legislative delegation.[4]

Gremillion practiced law from 1953-1971. He was a member of the American Legion and the Roman Catholic Church. He was chairman of the Acadia Parish Boy Scouts of America committee. He was married to the former Judy Childers. The couple had no children. Gremillion died at the age of either forty-one or forty-two, with eight months remaining in his second term. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Crowley.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012" (PDF). legis.state.la.us. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Gremillion, Allen C.". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.org). Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography indicates that Gremillion was a World War II veteran, but he was only sixteen, possibly still fifteen, when the war ended. Perhaps, the dictionary editors mean World War II-era veteran. The dictionary does not give his years of military service.
  4. ^ Bridges, Tyler (15 October 1995). "Scholarships to Insiders". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. A-13. 
  5. ^ A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography bases its biographical sketch of Gremillion on his obituaries in the Crowley Daily Signal and the Lafayette Daily Advertiser, October 1, 1971.
Political offices
Preceded by
W. P. Arceneaux

Jerry S. Ashley

Louisiana State Representative from Acadia and Vermillion parishes

Allen C. Gremillion
1964–1971

Succeeded by
Louis Dischler, Jr.

John N. John, III