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Governor John McKeithen

Governor John McKeithen

 

May 28, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Governor John McKeithen (1918-1999).  McKeithen, a native of Caldwell Parish, served as Louisiana’s 49th Governor from 1964-1972.  The LDMA contains clips of press conferences from McKeithen’s two gubernatorial terms, as well as multiple interviews with him reminiscing about his time in office.  Here a few of the highlights:   

 

 

 

Governor John McKeithen Press Conference

 

Press Conference on Organized Crime (1967)

In this clip, see Governor McKeithen’s reaction to a Life Magazine report alleging the presence of organized crime in state government.

 

 

Governor John McKeithen Press Conference on Vietnam

 

Press Conference on Vietnam De-escalation (1968)

In this clip, see Governor McKeithen’s response to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Address to the Nation on the De-escalation of the conflict in Vietnam.

 

 

Model of the Superdome in New Orleans

 

Superdome Model (ca. 1968)

In this silent clip, see Governor McKeithen and other officials view a model of the Superdome in New Orleans.

 

 

Former Governor John McKeithen on Louisiana Legends

 

Louisiana Legends (1982)

See Gus Weill, who served as Governor McKeithen’s executive secretary from 1964-1968, interview his former boss about his life and career in politics.

 

 

1982 Gospel Singing Day at the Governor's Mansion

 

Gospel Singing Day (1982)

In this story from Louisiana: The State We’re In, see Governor Dave Treen & former Governors Jimmie Davis, Robert Kennon, and John McKeithen participate in the Gospel Singing Day at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

 

 

John McKeithen Oral History Interview

 

Oral History Interview (1993)

View part 1 and part 2 of a video oral history interview conducted by the Louisiana State Archives.

 

 

Louisiana's Old State Capitol: The Grand Opening

 

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: The Grand Opening (1994)

See Governor McKeithen hold court in this Louisiana Governor’s Symposium along with former Governors Dave Treen and Buddy Roemer.

 

 

John McKeithen on a Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Co.

 

A Taste of Louisiana with Chef John Folse & Company (1994)

Watch Governor McKeithen join Chef John Folse in the kitchen for a conversation about his career in politics.

 

 

 

 

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