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J. Bennett Johnston, Part 1

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-09-08

Duration: 00:25:03

Subjects: Johnston, J. Bennett (John Bennett), 1932- | SENATORS | Politics | Government | United States. Congress. Senate | Louisiana gubernatorial election, 1971 | Edwards, Edwin W.


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Johnston, J. Bennett Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 8, 1996, features the first part of an interview with Senator J. Bennett Johnston conducted by Gus Weill. Johnston, a native of Shreveport, served as a United States Senator from 1972-1997. He discusses: his decision to not seek re-election at the end of his term; his early interest in politics; losing the 1971 gubernatorial election to Edwin Edwards; the effect of his political career on his marriage and family; his major accomplishments in the Senate; the necessary attributes for the next Senator; and his plans for the future.