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Bill Dodd

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1985-08-02

Duration: 00:26:58

Subjects: Dodd, William J. | Politics | Government | Military | World War II | Political campaigns | State legislators | Louisiana. Office of the Lieutenant Governor | School integration. | Desegregation | New Orleans Public Schools | Education


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby, Kathryn Producer
  • Dodd, Bill Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from August 2, 1985, features an interview with Bill Dodd conducted by Gus Weill. Dodd served as a Louisiana State Representative from 1940-1948, Lieutenant Governor from 1948-1952, and Superintendent of Education from 1964-1972. He discusses: his time as a student at the Louisiana State Normal School (now known as Northwestern State University of Louisiana), where he got involved with the debate team and the college paper; his expulsion from the school for an article he published; winning the resulting court case; his time in Germany as a United States Army War Crimes trial judge during World War II; his political campaigns for State Representative and Lieutenant Governor; his failed campaigns for Governor; and his role of as the Chairman of the State Board of Education during the desegregation of the New Orleans Public Schools in 1960.