Charles E. McKenzie

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Charles Edgar McKenzie (born October 3, 1896 in Pelican , De Soto Parish , Louisiana , †  June 7, 1956 in Monroe , Louisiana) was an American politician . Between 1943 and 1947 he represented the state of Louisiana in the US House of Representatives .


Charles McKenzie attended public schools in Monroe and then studied at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge . When riots broke out on the Mexican border in 1916 , McKenzie volunteered for service in the Louisiana National Guard , which was deployed in the area. Between 1917 and 1919 he was a lieutenant in an infantry unit in the US Army during the First World War . He was used in France .

After the end of the war and his return to Louisiana, McKenzie got into the gas and oil business. He soon expanded his commercial interests to include financial services, insurance, agriculture, and haulage. Politically, McKenzie was a member of the Democratic Party . Between 1940 and 1942 he served on the board of the Louisiana Highway Committee. He then worked for the state government in the Department of Public Works until 1943 .

In the 1942 congressional election , McKenzie was elected to the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the fifth constituency of Louisiana , where he succeeded Newt V. Mills on January 3, 1943 . After being re-elected, he was able to complete two terms in Congress until January 3, 1947 . These were shaped by the events of the Second World War and its consequences. In 1946 he was no longer nominated by his party for another term. In the years that followed, up to his death on June 7, 1956, McKenzie ran his numerous companies.

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